$17.6m grant for Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky

Work to rehabilitate a runway and taxiway at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is due to start this week after the US Department of Transportation gave the project a $17.6 million grant.

“Investing in our nation’s airports promotes economic growth,” said US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “This funding will help the airport make critical repairs to aging infrastructure and keep aircraft moving safely and efficiently through Cincinnati.”

Both Runway 18L-36R and its parallel taxiway Sierra are used extensively by several airlines that rely on Cincinnati as a hub.  The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport ranked 11th nationwide in 2011 for cargo.  A total of 2.8 billion pounds of cargo landed at Cincinnati, a 16 per cent increase over 2010.

“Upgrading airport infrastructure at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International will help maintain a safe and efficient air transportation system for cargo operations as well as passengers,” Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said.

This grant will support rehabilitation of the entire 10,000ft runway, and 1,800ft of the south end of Taxiway Sierra, which is parallel to 18L/36R.  The runway and taxiway are more than 20 years old, and the pavement has reached the end of its useful life.  The project is part of the airport’s pavement management programme, which is updated annually.

The project will be carried out in two phases beginning September 1, 2012 and ending Decemebr 15, 2013.

Total project cost is $23.5 million with $17.6 million from the FAA’s airport improvement grant programme.  The Kenton County Airport Board will fund $5.9 million of the project.

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport has two other parallel runways and a crosswind runway that will remain open during construction.

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