Posted on August 13, 2003
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a $1.5 million grant to the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority for McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, TN. "Improving and maintaining our airports is critical to the continued growth of our state," said Frist. "This funding will expand economic growth opportunities for metropolitan Knoxville and East Tennessee." "This grant will go a long way to improve access to the airport for safety vehicles and maintenance crews," said Alexander. "The new service and access roads will also keep the airfield clear. We appreciate this investment to improve East Tennessee's infrastructure." The grant will be used to fund construction of a service road and access road at McGhee-Tyson Airport in Knoxville. Details of the projects are as follow: The service road will provide access for fuel trucks, safety department and maintenance vehicles to the West Aviation Area without requiring them to operate on active airfield pavement. The access road will provide direct access to the Snow Removal Equipment Storage Building without requiring employees or delivery personnel to enter the aircraft operating are. This project will consist of grading, erosion control measures and drainage for the service road and access road. The direct and indirect economic impact of McGhee Tyson Airport on Metropolitan Knoxville is estimated at $1 billion annually. Approximately 2,700 people are currently employed at McGhee Tyson Airport.