FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin has announced that the Harlan airport will receive $750,000 to fund overdue airport pavement renovations.
“Maintaining and preserving airport infrastructure is critical to the economic viability of our Commonwealth,” said Gov. Bevin. “These funds will provide needed financial capital to Harlan airport. This will allow for a variety of infrastructure enhancements such as repairing and improving runways and runway lighting and also for conducting obstruction surveys to ensure passenger safety aboard aircraft flying in and out of Kentucky. I appreciate the support of this economically important funding during the past legislative session.”
The Harlan airport will be one of the first to benefit from a larger initiative in which $20 million will be dedicated to pavement projects at general-aviation airports over the next two years. The earmarked funds will only pay for the restoration and maintenance of pavements in poor condition.
The Harlan project includes reconstructing the 385-foot primary aircraft apron as well as re-shaping the subgrade for proper drainage. Funds will also cover new apron striping where needed.
Funding is only available for the design work of the project, which is set to be completed by December 2016. A timetable for actual construction will be determined once additional funding becomes available. Officials anticipate completion as early as June 2017.
“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 Kentucky Department of Aviation. “I commend Gov. Bevin for his continued support of the aviation industry.”
This project is administered through the Kentucky Department of Aviation. Funding was made possible by the 2016 General Assembly and Gov. Bevin.