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Airport Receives Grant For Relocations, Improvements

by Gabe BullardA 9.3 million dollar grant from the Federal Aviation Administration is coming to Louisville.More than half of the grant will go toward Louisville International Airport's continuous relocation program for residents affected by noise following the airport's expansion. The rest of the money will go toward upgrades at the airport, among them, a taxiway that will accommodate larger cargo and passenger aircraft. Airport authority chairman Phil Lynch says the grant will also be used to replace aging snow removal equipment."Anybody that had to sit here in the airport during the February storm and deal with the delays that occurred naturally because of snow removal will appreciate the fact that we're going to be able to replace existing snowblowers with equipment that's going to be more efficient," he says.The airport regularly receives funds for the relocation program, but the rest of the money came from a competitive grant. It was steered toward Louisville with help from Congressman John Yarmuth.