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Airport Board Approves Contracts for New Terminal
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - At their meeting on Monday, the Barkley Regional Airport Authority Board unanimously approved engineering and design contracts for their new terminal complex.

The board chose CHA Civil Engineers of Indianapolis, and Alliiance Architects of Minneapolis to begin the design phase of the project. 

“We are excited to start this new terminal project, which has been a goal for over 20 years,” said Airport Board Chairman George Bray.  “This will be the first of many great things that lie ahead for the airport, the community, and the entire region.”

It will take around a year to complete design and engineering work before any construction work can begin. 

The two contracts will be funded predominately through FAA grants. 

The new terminal will be on the other side of runway 14 or 32, in a field adjacent to the air traffic control tower south of the current terminal. The proposed new airport entrance would be at a stop sign on Fisher Road where there is a 90-degree turn following runway expansion in 2005.

“This project wouldn't be happening without the incredible vision, hard work and dedication of the Airport board, Community Leaders, McCracken County, the City of Paducah, the Paducah Chamber of Commerce, State of Kentucky and Federal legislators,” said Airport Executive Director Dennis Rouleau. “We are especially grateful for the help and support of the U.S. Department of Transportation as well as everyone at the FAA.”

He added that the level of support and enthusiasm for the project from neighboring counties has been a welcome and important component thus far, and something that he anticipates will continue.
 
Rouleau, who has been on the job for just 5 months, views the new terminal as the first piece of a renewed vision for the 79-year-old airport.

"Everything we are doing from now on is working toward making 'Barkley, the Airport for Our Future,'" he said. "And that everyone will choose the convenience and appreciate the connectivity from their airport right here at home. This terminal is just the first step toward this goal."

Published 04:28 PM, Wednesday Jan. 29, 2020
Updated 05:23 PM, Thursday Jan. 30, 2020

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