Governor Scott Walker has approved funding for two area airport improvement projects.
The Austin Straubel International Airport in Ashwaubenon and the Manitowoc County Airport in Manitowoc will receive thousands of dollars in federal and state funds.
Austin Straubel will receive $132,000 in state funds and Brown County will contribute an additional $33,000.
The money will help fund the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the east service road which runs from South Point Road to the terminal building.
“The Green Bay – Austin Straubel International Airport is a hub of activity,” Walker said. “Whether it’s getting the Green Bay Packers team to their away games or getting local flyers to and from their destinations, the airport serves the people of Green Bay and Wisconsin every day.”
Walker said the project will provide better access to several private businesses and the airport’s rental car parking facilities.
The Manitowoc County airport will receive $19,953 in state funds and the Federal Aviation Administration is giving an additional $359,147.
The money will improve the navigation aid road to the localizer building and remove, repair and replace existing lightening, cables, fences and a culvert extension.
Work on the project began in June and should be completed by September.
“When we invest in Wisconsin’s infrastructure through improvement projects like the one at Manitowoc County Airport, we’re helping the airport and local businesses handle the increased commerce demands of the area and the state,” Walker said. “These improvements will ultimately result in more efficient operations and improve safety at the Manitowoc County airport.”
Both airports are among 98 facilities included in the Wisconsin State Airport System Plan, which makes them eligible for state and federal funding.