U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) today announced the Blue Grass Airport (LEX) in Lexington, Kentucky was awarded an $11 million federal competitive grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Senator McConnell contacted the Federal Aviation Administration on behalf of their application and in support of this economic development project.
The federal competitive grant totaling $11,095,200 will used to support the completion of a new, 3,500-foot parallel taxiway at LEX as part of the final phase of a five-phase Taxiway Safety Improvement Program.
“Blue Grass Airport is a critical economic driver and job creator in Central Kentucky. As more and more travelers come to Kentucky to enjoy our signature industries, such as bourbon and horseracing, these federal resources will help Blue Grass Airport remain a premier destination for passengers visiting from around the world,” said Senator McConnell. “One of my top priorities as Senate Majority Leader is to bolster Kentucky’s communities, and I’m pleased to deliver these results for Lexington.”
“This project – Phase V of the Taxiway Safety Enhancement Program – represents the culmination of seven years of planning, design, and construction efforts to improve the safety and efficiency of Blue Grass Airport,” said Eric J. Frankl, A.A.E., executive director of Blue Grass Airport. “Senator McConnell and his staff have supported us during the entire program, and we are grateful to him and our partners at the FAA for this grant.”