LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Millions of dollars in federal funding will allow officials at the Bluegrass Airport to increase both safety and maintenance.
Over the next couple of years, $70 million will go toward a Taxiway Safety Enhancement Program at the Bluegrass Airport. The goal is to increase airport safety and improve the efficiency of aircraft movement.
The first phase of the initiative will begin this month when airport officials break ground on a new $15 million Maintenance and Snow Removal Equipment Complex.
A new 63,000 square foot facility will house the equipment. The move will also allow the airport to realign its main commercial runway.
These changes won't be ones that passengers will notice, but officials say they'll ultimately improve the airport and the economy.
"This investment is critically important to the economic development of our region," says Rep. Andy Barr, (R) 6th Congressional District. "There is a return on investment in these dollars, because when the Bluegrass Airport is successful, it means we are creating jobs."
The new complex that will house maintenance and snow removal equipment should be completed by fall of next year.
The entire Taxiway Safety Enhancement Program is expected to be complete by 2020.