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Congressman Kevin McCarthy announces $11 million grant for Inyokern Airport

Posted at 3:29 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 18:29:40-04

INYOKERN, Calif. — Local Congressman and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has announced that the Inyokern Airport is receiving an $11 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for runway enhancements.

According to a release, the grant award includes a $1 million contribution of funds appropriated under the CARES Act, which covers the local match portion that is generally required to secure AIP grants, freeing up funds for the airport to pursue other priorities.

“Runway 2-20 is essential to Inyokern Airport’s operations, but last year’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake has unfortunately threatened its future public use," Rep. McCarthy said. "This grant will help bolster this facility, thereby keeping it operational while continuing to ensure the safety of all visitors."

The renovation of Runway 2-20 will help strengthen the structural integrity of the runway by removing weakened sections, adding new edge lights and supporting infrastructure, as well as new pavement markings.