Congressman John Yarmuth
Representing Kentucky’s 3rd Congressional District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2010 MEDIA CONTACT
Trey Pollard 202.225.5401
Funds will go toward purchase of snow removal equipment, runway improvements, noise reduction programs, and the construction of a new taxiway
(Louisville, KY) Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) joined representatives from the Louisville Regional Airport Authority to announce that more than $9.3 million in federal funding was headed to Louisville to expand and upgrade Louisville International Airport.
“For our valuable corporate citizens like UPS and its thousands of employees in Louisville, these funds will allow our airport to accommodate more of the commerce that helps our economy grow,” said Congressman Yarmuth. “For the millions of passengers that travel through Louisville International every year, projects funded by these federal dollars will help minimize the impact of inclement weather, making it less of an obstacle for ensuring flights are safe and on-time.”
A total of $9,302,923 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will go toward several different projects at Louisville International, including the construction of a new taxiway and the purchase of two new “snow brooms” that will help keep runways clear during winter weather.
$5 million in funding will also go to support the Airport Authority’s voluntary relocation program, which helps residents affected by noise in the wake of the airport’s expansion find new homes.
“We are certainly grateful for Congressman Yarmuth’s support and assistance in securing these grants, as they will help us move closer to completing the Voluntary Residential Relocation Program and provide funding for needed airfield equipment and repairs. In addition, the monies will help the Authority enhance its airfield facilities, putting in place 21st century, state-of-the-art infrastructure,” said Phil Lynch, Chairman of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority Board of Directors.
The funding details – from three separate awards - are as follows:
· $5 million – Discretionary funds awarded by the FAA for the Voluntary Residential Relocation Program.
· $1.6 million – Amendment of a 2007 award to help fund the completion of construction on Taxiway ‘A.’· $2.6 million – Awarded to help improve pavement conditions, fund apron repairs, purchase new snow brooms, and fund reimbursements for initial land acquisition