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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded funds for improvements at the Middlesboro-Bell County Airport. The $452,790 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant will support the land acquisition for approaches, new runway lighting and improvements in airport drainage.

“Investing in our small airports in southern and eastern Kentucky is a key component to transportation safety and economic development opportunities in our region,” said Rogers. “This grant will go a long way toward improving safety at the Middlesboro-Bell County Airport and ensuring it is in top condition for air travel in our region.”

The drainage improvements at the airport will facilitate adequate storm water runoff, eliminating dangerous ponding on the airfield. This FAA grant will also fund the acquisition of approximately 1.09 acres of land for the taxiway object free area and obstruction clearance in aeronautical surfaces. It will also support a new runway end identifier lighting system to enhance visibility of the end of the runway for pilots during landing.

Grants are awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The FAA is responsible for the safety of civil aviation. The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) provides grants for the planning and development of public-use airports, including improvements related to enhancing airport safety, capacity, security, and environmental concerns. For small primary, reliever and general aviation airports, such as those in southeastern Kentucky, the grant covers 90 to 95 percent of eligible costs. 

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit or follow Rogers on Twitter @RepHalRogers or on Facebook @CongressmanHalRogers.