Groundbreaking for runway expansion project at airport Aug. 11

By Chris Cooper -

The Russellville-Logan County Airport will be having a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating its runway addition on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Russellville-Logan County Airport, 348 Airport Road, Russellville.

This step is an important part of the Logan County infrastructure and will enhance the community’s economic development opportunities.

The Russellville-Logan County Airport will be extending its runway by 500 feet, bringing its length to 4500, opening up opportunities for larger aircraft and bringing with it economic growth.

Many entities including the the Logan County Fiscal Court agreed to fund the project, including the City of Russellville, the state of Kentucky and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) who earmarked $2.5 million to the project.

The airport board has been talking about the runway extension project for the past several years. This is something that is very important for the community as a whole, said airport board member George Offutt. With the current 4000 foot runway, larger company jets have not been able to land in Logan County. This has kept certain business from this area. Once the runway is lengthened, these companies will have the opportunity to fly directly into Logan County, which will open many doors.

Offutt feels like this is just the beginning of great things for Logan County through the airport.

The board is also including LED lighting to be placed down the runway and taxi lane. The lighting, better know as “PAPIs” (precision approach path indicator, reils), are the red lights at the end of the runway

This recent project is one of the airports major improvements. The board built a $760,000 terminal in 2010 to be used by pilots and those who fly into the airport. The project was paid for by state and federal dollars. There have been $2.3 million in capital improvements to the airport since 2002, with less than $30,000 coming from local taxes.

By Chris Cooper

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