OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Muhlenberg County Airport has been awarded a $1.5 million federal grant to complete a parallel taxiway.
Airport board chairman Danny Walker told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1kWo5DD) last week that the taxiway will help airport safety.
Currently, he said planes have to "back-taxi" on the runway, meaning they go down the runway facing incoming traffic and then turn around to take off.
About 18 planes are stationed at the airport in Greenville.
"But we get a surprising number of corporate jets coming in," Walker said. "And we had an air show this weekend with five planes flying people around. That was a lot of landings and takeoffs without a parallel runway."
Walker said bids on the project are expected to start June 25.
The airport got a $1.3 million grant in 2008 to allow it to build a 3,000-foot partial taxiway beside the 5,000-foot runway.
Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, http://www.messenger-inquirer.com