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$9 Million Awarded for Construction of New Airport in Sparta

A $9 million federal grant was awarded for construction at the new airport in Sparta in Gallatin County.

Congressman Thomas Massie (R) announced the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) discretionary grant on Tuesday.

The funds come from taxes levied on airline tickets and aviation fuel, Massie said.

"I've been a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure since I came to Congress in 2012," said Massie. "This Congress, I serve on the Aviation Subcommittee, the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, and the Subcommittee on Water Resources (locks and dams). I sought to serve on these committees because the federal government has a legitimate role in maintaining interstate infrastructure. I'm excited to see how the new construction in Gallatin County will improve transportation for Kentucky's 4th district."

United States Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao also weighed in.

"The Department has been investing heavily in our nation's airport infrastructure, which will strengthen economic growth and create jobs in communities across the country," Chao said.

"Governor Bevin has been a moving force since the beginning of his Administration in getting this 15-year-long project off the ground by securing land for the airport that’s primed to spur economic development in this growing region of the state," said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas said. "I’d like to thank Congressman Massie for his role on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure and the U.S. Department of Transportation for investing in the future of Kentucky."

The United States Transportation Cabinet announced Tuesday that it will award a total of $477 million in airport infrastructure grants to 264 airports in 44 states, the Pacific Islands, and Washington, D.C.

“Infrastructure projects funded by these grants will advance safety, improve travel, generate jobs and provide other economic benefits for local communities,” said Chao.

-Staff report