U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters on Wednesday announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding Chippewa County International Airport $1,448,322 to repair runways and taxiways that have reached the end of their useful life.
“Having reliable and safe air service is crucial for economic development, commerce, and tourism,” said Stabenow. “This funding is another critical infrastructure investment coming to our state and will improve Chippewa County International Airport for years to come.”
Peters added, “Investing in updates to the infrastructure at Chippewa County International Airport is critical for tourism and keeping communities and businesses in Northern Michigan and the U.P. connected to economic opportunities.”
The funds Chippewa is receiving are from the Federal Aviation Administration grant program.
“We are the only airport in Michigan that has our federal grant already. I am very proud of that. When you only have three months to do some type of something, you better get your grant in and get everything ready to go. I am happy to say we are ready to go,” Tami Beseau, the Chippewa County International Airport Manager, said.
More information on the Department of Transportation grant program can be found at http://www.dot.gov/grants.
Normal commercial and private air traffic will not be affected while work is being done.