WORTHINGTON, Ky. — Ashland Regional Airport officials will use a federal grant totaling more than $3.3 million to construct a new taxiway.

The Daily Independent reports (http://bit.ly/2cCXpHn) the U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday awarded the Airport Improvement Program funds to the Ashland-Boyd County Airport Board in Worthington.

Airport board chairman David Mansfield says they worked for eight years to secure the funds to relocate the airport taxiway.

He says the project will allow the airport to comply with Federal Aviation Administration safety requirements. Construction is expected to begin in April.

With the funds secured, Mansfield says officials can now focus on expanding the airport to add new terminals and other facilities.

“This airport is vital for economic development. These companies that want to locate in our area, one of the things they need is an airport that they can come into with ease,” said Mansfield. “We are the airport for northeastern Kentucky.”

The 63-year-old airport serves general and private aviation. It’s also a frequent landing spot for business executives and elected officials.

“It is great news not just for Ashland, but for the whole region,” said U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, who sits on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the House of Representatives. “The new taxiway will modernize the airport and allow increased traffic.”


Information from: The Independent, http://www.dailyindependent.com