The Russellville-Logan County Airport is about to get $1,600,000 in state funding to help with pavement renovations to the runway.
Gov. Matt Bevin announced Friday that select general aviation airports across the state will receive $20 million over the next two years to fund overdue airport pavement renovations. Of that, $1.6 million will be spent in Logan County.
“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 Gov. Bevin. “First impressions about Kentucky’s business communities are made starting from the moment an aircraft touches down. For this reason, investing in general aviation airport infrastructure is not merely cosmetic — it’s vital to strengthening the health of Kentucky’s economy.”
Logan County’s state representative, Martha Jane King, was happy to have been a part of getting the funding for the airport.
“Maintaining and upgrading our transportation infrastructure has remained a high priority during my time in Frankfort,” King said. “Roads and airports are vital to Logan County and our continued economic development. I am pleased that we were able to find funding in the 2016 Session for these much needed improvements to the Russellville Logan County Airport. I appreciate the hard work of the members of our airport board and know they will put these funds to good use.”
In total, 34 general aviation airports are slated to begin pavement improvement projects on aged runways, taxiways and aprons. The funds will pay for the restoration and maintenance of pavements in poor condition.
Pavement conditions will ultimately determine how funding is spent on airport projects, which range from crack repair to a complete overlay. If warranted, some runways, taxiways or aprons may receive a complete reconstruction.
A study was conducted in 2011 and updated in 2014 by Applied Pavement Technology to rate the condition of all runways, taxiways and aprons. Inspectors visited each airport to physically examine and grade the overall pavement condition. The Kentucky Department of Aviation (KDA) used the results from the study to determine the order of priority for projects.
“Gov. Bevin’s unwavering leadership has secured desperately-needed funds to preserve and maintain airport infrastructure throughout the Commonwealth,” said retired U.S. Air Force Col. Steve Parker, commissioner of the KDA. “I commend Gov. Bevin for his continued support of the aviation industry.”
Ten projects are slated for Fiscal Year 2017. The first five projects will be approved for design and construction while 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 may also shift to Fiscal Year 2018 depending on available funding.
The following general aviation airports are scheduled for projects this year. Logan County’s project is also scheduled for this year.
Big Sandy Regional Airport (Prestonsburg) $2,400,000
Tompkinsville-Monroe County Airport $1,100,000
West Liberty Airport $750,000
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. Funding was made possible by Gov. Bevin and the 2016 General Assembly.
“The Kentucky Aviation Association (KAA) is very impressed and thankful for Gov. Bevin’s commitment to enhancing and sustaining economic growth in the Commonwealth,” said retired U.S. Marines Maj. Gen. Jerry D. Humble, president of the KAA. “Gov. Bevin is aware that Kentucky’s airports are in need of major infrastructure maintenance and improvements—many of these airports have been in need of repair and upgrades for such a long time. His support will make a difference to ensure that our state continues to prosper through this critical transportation sector.”
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