U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded funds to improve the Big Sandy Regional Airport. The $367,144 Federal Aviation Administration grant will fund a variety of improvements, including the rehabilitation of the runway, taxiway and apron.
“Improving the Big Sandy Airport is an important step to opening up Martin County to greater transportation options, which in turn spur economic development, job growth and tourism throughout the area,” said Rogers. “It is important for our federal government to recognize the importance of our rural airports and I am pleased to see that the Department of Transportation has invested in the Big Sandy region. The community has worked hard to expand transportation in the region which is vitally important in these challenging times.”
These grant funds will support new sealant and paint for the runway, taxiway and airport ramp at Big Sandy. Due to cracks in the pavement, the repairs will be necessary to extend the life of the existing pavement before the Airport Board undertakes a major pavement rehabilitation project in the future. The Big Sandy Regional Airport is 9 miles northeast of Prestonsburg, Ky. With 17 aircraft based on its field, including single- and multi-engine airplanes, two helicopters and a jet, the Big Sandy Regional Airport averages 132 aircraft operations per week, 48% local general aviation, 35% transient general aviation, 13% air tax and 4% military.
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 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 www.halrogers.house.gov.