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Sturgis Municipal Airport Allocated $1.3 Million in Funding for Runway Improvement Projects

Sturgis Municipal Airport Allocated $1.3 Million in Funding for Runway Improvement Projects

Bill Stephens

August 5th, 2016

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Governor Matt Bevin announced late Thursday that the Sturgis Municipal Airport has been allocated over 1.3 million dollars to fund overdue airport pavement renovations.

Governor Bevin said in a release these funds will provide needed financial capital to Sturgis Municipal Airport, and 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.

The Sturgis Municipal Airport will be one of the first to benefit from a larger initiate in which 20-million dollars will be dedicated to pavement projects at general-aviation airports across Kentucky over the next two years, according to a release. The earmarked funds will only pay for the restoration and maintenance of pavements in poor condition.

7th District State Representative Suzanne Miles, of Owensboro, said, “The Sturgis Municipal Airport is a very important resource to our region of western Kentucky”. She stated, “The airport serves a wide variety of private and corporate aircraft, and enables citizens and businesses air access to many surrounding communities.” She went on to say the investment of over 1.3 million dollars secured by Governor Bevin is much appreciated, and vital to the long-term health of this important facility.

The Sturgis project includes a 2-inch asphalt overlay on the parallel taxiway including removing approximately 135-thousand square feet of unusable pavement. Funds will also cover taxiway striping and lighting relocation where needed.

State officials indicate funding is only available for the design work of the project, which is set to be completed by December of this year. Officials anticipate completion of the project as early as June 2017.

This project is administered through the Kentucky Department of Aviation, and funding was made possible by the 2016 General Assembly and Governor Bevin.

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