Barkley Regional Airport Authority to receive $8.1 million grant

cash money (Source: Pexels/Karolina Grabowska)
cash money (Source: Pexels/Karolina Grabowska)

WEST PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – The Barkley Regional Airport Authority will receive a federal discretionary grant for more than $8 million.

Congressman James Comer’s office notified the airport authority that had received a federal discretionary grant for $8,180,685 million to complete Phase II of its Runway 5/23 Rehabilitation project.

“We are grateful to Congressman Comer and the FAA for this grant,” said BRAA Executive Director Dennis Rouleau. “The Runway Rehab project is a key piece in our vision for the future of Barkley and is something that we hope can lead to us expanding our offerings here at the airport. This grant allows us to continue to pursue our vision of the airport playing a key role in the economic development of the region in the near and distant future.

Rouleau thanks the Board of Directors, Sandra Wilson, the Paducah Chamber of Commerce, Gov. Andy Behsear and the state legislature.

A 10% local match of approximately $810,000 will come from a previously awarded $5.3 million in funding.”

The bidding process has concluded. Construction is not expected to begin until the spring of 2024 to allow the submittal process to be completed and parts, including runway lighting, to be ordered.

The contract for the project has been awarded to Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers, Ky.

The project is expected to take roughly five months to complete once construction begins.

All electrical work on the project will be completed by both Mott Electric and Story Electrical Service, both of Paducah.

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