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Cold weather slows airport construction


MOSINEE, Wis. (WSAU) -- The recent cold weather has slowed down winter construction projects. One of them is the terminal construction at Central Wisconsin Airport. Airport Manager Tony Yaron says the foundation work on the new east portion of the terminal is behind schedule. “There’s concrete that cannot be poured, certainly during 20 to 24 below zero. That makes working conditions very rough. We’ve had that situation compounded with some bad soils we’ve got here. We’ve needed to excavate below subgrade and replace that with suitable materials.”

The contractors have been working weekends when the weather is favorable to try to catch up. “(It was) the second consecutive Saturday that they’ve been working, and they’re hoping to make that up. Now, we’re probable back, on paper, about a month.”

Overall, Yaron says 2013 was a busier year for Central Wisconsin Airport, as more passengers utilized the facility. “Last year (2012) was a bad year, but this year, we closed out with emplainments jumping by 7.5%. December really helped out in that regard with over 18% traffic increase over December of 2012.”

Yaron has meetings planned with the three airlines serving CWA later this month to see if they can make service improvements such as using larger planes, or more frequent flights to improve service and cut down on the number of passengers asked to take later flights.

(Our interview with Tony Yaron can be heard on our website, here.)