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Airports get funding for improvements

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Central Wisconsin Airport terminal
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MADISON, WI  (WSAU)  -  Governor Scott Walker announced transportation funding for several airports yesterday, including several in central Wisconsin.

Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee is getting $9,008,722 project for a terminal building addition. The state’s share is $500,000. $6,500,874 is covered by the Federal Aviation Administration. Marathon and Portage Counties cover the remaining $2,007,848.

Eric Johnson, airport development engineer with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), said the multi-story west terminal addition and renovation of the adjacent current building is the first of a proposed three-phase terminal project at Central Wisconsin Airport. This addition will provide the space needed for the terminal to remain operational during the next construction phase. Construction on the west addition is underway and is expected to be completed by October 2013.

South Wood County Airport in Wisconsin Rapids is getting $157,895 for a design project at Alexander Field. $150,000 of that is coming from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Terry Ripp, airport engineering specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), said the project involves updating the 1991 Airport Layout Plan (ALP) and design for the reconstruction of the primary runway. The project is scheduled to be completed in late 2013.

Merrill Municipal Airport will receive $1,387,542 project for the second phase of taxiway construction. $1,269,469 of that is from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Eric Johnson, airport development engineer with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), said the project will continue work started last year on the parallel taxiway to the airport’s primary runway. This second phase includes the paving, lighting and utility work of the project. Construction is underway and is expected to be completed by June 2013.

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