Posted on August 26, 2004
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is providing a $3.8 million grant to the Tri Cities Airport Commission to construct a parallel taxiway. "This taxiway will improve the efficiency and security at the Tri Cities airport. It will benefit travelers, businesses and citizens throughout the Tri Cities region," said Frist. "This funding ensures that the Tri Cities airport remains a high-quality and safe airport which will further stimulate economic development throughout Tennessee." "This grant will be used to make Tennesseans safer and travel more convenient in and out of the Tri Cities," said Alexander. "Senator Frist and I appreciate the Department of Transportation for investing in Northeast Tennessee and working to improve air travel for the region." The Tri Cities Airport Commission will receive $3.8 million from the DOT to construct a parallel taxiway, improving airfield safety and efficiency, and significantly reducing runway crossing of the primary runway. This project will consist of grading, drainage improvements, paving, marking and lighting of 3,100 feet of taxiway.