Blue Grass Airport is breaking ground this month on a $15 million maintenance and snow-removal equipment complex.
The project, which is part of a taxiway safety enhancement program expected to conclude in 2018, is to be completed by fall 2015, airport officials announced Tuesday.
The 63,000-square-foot building, to house the airport's 23 pieces of snow-removal equipment, will be built near the southwest corner of Aviator Road. Also new will be a public safety/firehouse.
Airport director Eric Frankl said the changes will help the airport "operate more efficiently, more safely. That's good for our community."
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The improvements are part of the airport's 2013 master plan.
U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, said that given that the airport is home to 300,000 visitors and travelers every year, safety is crucial.
"There is a return on investment to these dollars," he said, and the airport is "a critical part of our Central Kentucky economy and our culture."
Future projects are to include realignment of a taxiway to simplify the airport runway system.