Posted on May 5, 2004
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced Nashville International Airport will receive $6.1 million in grant funding for facility improvements such as widening taxiway areas and runway pavement improvements. Sens. Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) praised DOT on the grant announcement: "Improving the efficiency and safety of the Nashville International Airport will have a tremendous impact on air travel and economic development across the state," said Frist. "This funding is good news for Middle Tennessee and will allow much-needed facility improvements to move forward." "This funding is important not only to Middle Tennessee, but to the entire state," Alexander said. "Airport improvements mean better access to and from Tennessee. Senator Frist and I appreciate the Department of Transportation's investment in the Nashville International Airport." The project to widen four taxiway areas will increase the amount of pavement available for wide body aircraft as they move from the runway to the taxiway system. Improvements to runway and taxiway pavements will repair deterioration of these pavements and preserve airport capacity.