KY Department of Highways District Two
District Two Airports Receive Grants
CONTACT: Keith Todd
INFORMATION OFFICER DISTRICT 1 & 2
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GOVERNOR FLETCHER, KYTC, FAA & LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AWARD $2.63 MILLION to OWENSBORO-DAVIESS COUNTY REGIONAL AIRPORT
Airports in Madisonville, Henderson, Union County, Ohio County,
And Muhlenberg County Also Receive Funding
Madisonville, Ky (October 27, 2005) - Governor Ernie Fletcher, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Federal Aviation Administration and local governments are working to upgrade Kentucky’s aviation network. Those upgrades include projects the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport, as well as airports in Madisonville, Henderson, Ohio County, and Muhlenberg County.
“Our airports are crucial to the future economic development in our state,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “Aviation forecasts predict this industry will grow significantly over the next decade, and it's important that Kentucky is ready.”
The local airport projects were included in announcements of $12.799 million in airport improvement projects statewide.
More than $2.63 million was awarded to Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport for Phase 3 runway extension. The runway extension is designed to increase the margin of safety during the most critical phases of aircraft flight; take-off and landing. It will also enhance economic development by making the airport more attractive as a terminal site for national cargo carriers.
The Madisonville Municipal Airport will receive $55,000 to complete a 405 survey and an emergency generator design study. The 405 Survey provides a detailed obstruction study of both ends of the runway and aircraft flight approach paths.
A $137,674 grant to rehab runway lighting at the Union County Airport in Sturgis will provide for safer landing and takeoff conditions during lower visibility conditions, day or night.
The Henderson City-County Airport is getting $1.08 million to widen a runway. The widening project is designed to increase the margin of safety during the take-off and landing of aircraft. An additional $900,000 award will be used to expand the Henderson Airport Terminal building to improve services to travelers who use the airport.
The Ohio County Airport will use a $245,350 award to construct a five unit T-hangar. The units will help protect aircraft from the elements and provide additional security while they are parked or stored at the facility.
The Muhlenberg County-Greenville Airport will use a $502,052 award for land acquisition and T-hangar construction. The land acquisition is to extend the airport’s end of runway clear zone and provide additional buffer space along the runways. The new T-hangar is aimed at protecting aircraft from the elements and to provide additional security.
“The Department of Aviation has a clear mission to improve aviation safety, enhance our existing infrastructure, add new infrastructure where gaps exist and make us more attractive to businesses that are looking to relocate or expand,” stated acting Secretary Bill Nighbert.” “This project is an example of our continuing work to make Kentucky a shining example for aviation across the Nation!”
These improvement projects are the result of a partnership between the Federal Aviation Administration, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and local governments. The Federal Aviation Administration contributes 95% of the funding with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and local governments providing the remaining 5%.