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Several Kentucky airports targeted for pavement renovations

Gov. Matt Bevin.
Gov. Matt Bevin. palcala@herald-leader.com

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Friday that select general aviation airports across the state will receive $20 million over the next two years to pay for overdue airport pavement renovations.

“Every year, hundreds of individuals and companies consider bringing their business to Kentucky. Many of them travel here on corporate jets and land at one of our non-commercial airports,” said Bevin in a news release from the state Transportation Cabinet. “For this reason, investing in general aviation airport infrastructure is not merely cosmetic; it’s vital to strengthening the health of Kentucky’s economy.”

In total, 34 general aviation airports are scheduled to begin pavement improvement projects on aged runways, taxiways and aprons. The money will pay for restoration and maintenance of pavements in poor condition, the news release said.

A study was conducted in 2011 and updated in 2014 by Applied Pavement Technology to rate the condition of all runways, taxiways and aprons. The Kentucky Department of Aviation used the results from the study to determine the order of priority for projects.

Ten projects are scheduled for fiscal year 2017. The first five projects are to be approved for design and construction, and the second set of projects will be in the design phase only. The second set will proceed to the construction phase as funding permits. Some construction projects might shift to fiscal year 2018 depending on available funding.

The following general aviation airports are scheduled for projects this year:

▪  Big Sandy Regional Airport, Prestonsburg, $2,400,000

▪  Tompkinsville-Monroe County Airport, $1,100,000

▪  West Liberty Airport, $750,000

▪  Russellville-Logan County Airport, $1,600,000

▪  Wendell H. Ford Airport, Hazard, $750,000

▪  Morehead-Rowan County Airport, $250,000

▪  Williamsburg-Whitley County Airport, $250,000

▪  Sturgis Municipal Airport, $1,325,000

▪  Harlan Airport, $750,000

▪  Georgetown-Scott County Airport, $1,500,000

All projects are administered through the KDA.

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