Governor Scott Walker has approved a $1,281,631 project to reconstruct the primary runway, including lighting, at the Manitowish Waters Municipal Airport.
According to a press release from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the primary runway is past its life expectancy and needs to be constructed along with the lighting to make airplane mobility safe and efficient for the foreseeable future.
“The project will ensure the runway pavement and lighting is in good shape for the next 10 to 20 years and will make the primary runway safer and more efficient,” airport development engineer with the DOT Ryan Donnelly said.
The state of Wisconsin and the town of Manitowish Waters will each spend $64,082 on the project’s nearly $1.3 million cost.
The Federal Aviation Administration has committed to the rest of the cost.
The project is scheduled to begin spring 2016 and should be completed by summer 2016.
Manitowish Waters Municipal Airport is one of 98 facilities included in the Wisconsin State Airport System Plan, which makes it eligible for state and federal funding.
Airport improvement projects are administered through WisDOT’s Bureau of Aeronautics.