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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded funds for improvements at the Julian Carroll Airport in Breathitt County. The $54,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant will support the rehabilitation of the runway, new lighting and a new wind cone. 

“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 Julian Carroll Airport and ensuring the runway is in top condition for air travel in our region.”

The FAA grant will fund the design of the runway rehabilitation to maintain structural integrity of the pavement and minimize debris. It will also replace runway lighting to ensure safe airfield operations. It will also replace the airport's wind sock and segmented circle which are also deteriorating. 

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.