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Chennault receives $3.5M grant to update runway

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LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Chennault International Airport has received a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help rehabilitate its runway.

Randy Robb, executive director of Chennault, tells the American Press (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb ) he was pleased to hear news of the grant, but was not surprised.

Chennault took the first step toward expanding the airfield's taxiway into a second runway in November 2012. The alternate runway, which will cost about $10 million, is funded by the Federal Aviation Administration and the state. It will be 150 feet wide and 8,000 feet long.

The grant, announced Thursday afternoon, will fund preparing the land and drainage and reinforcing the outside of the taxiway and making sure the taxiway is strong enough for asphalt.

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Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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