On the heels of recently completing maintenance to its runway in May, the Lake Charles Regional Airport on Tuesday received a $1.8 million federal grant to go toward taxiway and apron pavement improvements. (American Press Archives)
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 6:16 PM
On the heels of recently completing maintenance to its runway in May, the Lake Charles Regional Airport on Tuesday received a $1.8 million federal grant to go toward taxiway and apron pavement improvements.
Heath Allen, executive director, said the grant will allow the airport to be “ahead of the curve” in terms of upkeep of paved surfaces.
The project will cost more than $2 million with the state funding 10 percent of the federal grant, Allen said.
Allen said that receiving the grant was not a surprise but news he was pleased to hear.
“We hope to continue to grow,” Allen said.
Funding will go toward the construction of taxiway pavement and joint rehabilitation; rehabilitation of the apron in order to maintain structural integrity of the pavement; and construction of apron pavement and joint rehabilitation, reads the grant issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Federal Aviation Administration.
The existing pavement requires rehabilitation to ensure safe airfield operations, according to the grant.
Maintenance on the concrete is a “continuous cycle,” but Allen predicts that recent efforts will hold up for more than a decade.
Charles Boustany Jr., R-Lafayette, announced the grant Tuesday in a news release.
“With so much international investment pouring into the region, I’m proud the Lake Charles Regional Airport continues to value infrastructure needs in order to keep the airport operating at peak condition,” Boustany said in the news release. “Locals and visitors alike will see the top notch facilities Southwest Louisiana has to offer.”
Allen said construction on the 300-day project is expected to start in Fall 2013.
Posted By: Randy On: 9/5/2013
I am fully aware of Chennault's history, no lesson is needed. I could probably give you some lessons.
And although it is designated an industrial park it is still an airport and there is room for commercial traffic. I believe I also read that a new tower was built at Chennault in the recent past. At what point can we reasonably ask, Why are taxpayer dollars supporting TWO airports? Because someone calls Chennault an industrial airpark? Puhlease
I think it is feasible, especially since millions in tax payer money is being diverted to LCRA. The ONLY crowd I have ever heard that were against hints of consolidation are folks affiliated w LCRA.
Let's have the paper call for a study.
Posted By: Andrew On: 8/29/2013
The Lake Charles Regional Airport was built originally for commercial traffic when Chennault was then still an Airforce base. Since Chennault was an Airforce Base, it could not at that time include commercial traffic. After it was closed after a few years, it remained there and vacant until the city and parish were able to acquire it - the leaders at that time turned it into an industrial airpark.
If you knew the history you wouldn't be asking that question the way you do...
Posted By: Randy On: 8/28/2013
Why are we paying for TWO airports?
Can't commercial traffic be included at Chennault which is closer to business centers and highways? All this money for duplicate services