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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a grant to support improvements at the Lake Cumberland Regional Airport. The $40,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant will fund a variety of improvements, including the construction of a fuel farm and the removal of underground storage tanks.

“Investing in expanded transportation options is key to greater economic development and increased tourism for Pulaski County,” said Rogers. “This grant will go a long way toward providing new opportunities for our region despite the challenging economic times. I applaud the federal government for supporting our smaller airports so that our region has better access to transportation options.”

Since FY01, Rogers has secured over $17 million for improvements to the Lake Cumberland Regional Airport. This grant will be used to address shortfalls with the existing fuel system at the airport through the design of a new fuel farm. Once completed, the new fuel farm will store the necessary fuel for aircraft on site, improving air quality and roadway safety by eliminating the need for regular deliveries of fuel. With 28 aircraft based on its field, including single- and multi-engine airplanes, helicopters and a jet, the airport averages 76 aircraft operations per day – 66% transient general aviation, 33% local general aviation and 1% 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