Groundbreaking ceremony for new terminal at Barkley Regional Airport

Published: Nov. 10, 2021 at 1:20 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 10, 2021 at 6:17 PM CST
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WEST PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - State and local leaders attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a new terminal at Barkley Regional Airport.

The ceremony started at 1:30 p.m. at the airport.

Governor Andy Beshear was joined by U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell; U.S. Rep. James Comer; McCracken County Judge/Executive Craig Clymer; Paducah Mayor George Bray; Airport Executive Director Dennis Rouleau and Dr. Anton Reece, board chair of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce.

“The supply chains and transit routes that run through our state keep America on the move. By building this new terminal, we are cementing our critical competitive advantage as a national leader in modern transportation infrastructure,” said Senator McConnell. “As the only congressional leader not from New York or California, I am fully aware of the vital importance of regional hubs like Paducah. I was proud to use my leadership position to help this project in any way I could and stand alongside Representative Comer while he did the same in the House of Representatives.”

“I’m glad to see this exciting new project get off the ground and look forward to seeing the positive economic benefits that a new airport terminal will have on the Paducah region,” said Congressman Comer.

In July, it was announced the passenger terminal at the airport, which has been in use for 67 years, would be replaced in a $42 million project.

Most of the funding would come from federal grants.

In August, it was announced the airport would receive its second installment of $10 million in federal funding to go toward the construction.

The funding came from the Airport Improvement Program.

The project is scheduled to be completed by early 2023.

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