Louisville-Winston Airport Receives $4.2M Grant

Courtesy of Louisville-Winston Airport Authority

KLMS’ runway 35/17 will get an extension and needed improvements. Photo courtesy of the Winston County Journal

Mike Forster, President of the Louisville-Winston Airport Authority, was advised last month that the airport (KLMS) has been awarded a $4.2 million supplemental grant for airport improvements. Forster advised the city board and county supervisors at their most recent meetings of this grant, which required no match from local government. He added a special note of appreciation to Louisville’s airport engineer, Carey Hardin, who was instrumental in putting the grant proposal together.

This grant is part of $779 million in supplemental funding announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao May 15, awarded to 127 airports in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. It is significant to note that 53 airports in the state of Mississippi submitted proposals for funding, but only 3 were chosen: Columbia, Golden Triangle and Louisville-Winston County!

Louisville-Winston will use the grant to eliminate a line of sight issue with runway 35/17 and extend it 150 feet to the south. Additionally, new LED runway lighting will be installed, and the old technology approach lighting system will be replaced. The final stage of the project will be to overlay the entire 4669 feet with fresh asphalt and address some drainage issues on the west side of the runway.

With the completion of the ramp renovation last year, this will give KLMS a totally up to date passenger and air-side infrastructure. Forster notes, “Coupled with our new terminal building and corporate hangar constructed in the two previous years, we believe that there will be no finer airport facility in a city and county of our size in the state of Mississippi…perhaps in the Southeast.”