Two Michigan airports receive millions from federal government for infrastructure upgrades
The US Department of Transportation is giving two Michigan airports nearly $27 million to support infrastructure improvements.
Ypsilanti’s Willow Run Airport is receiving nearly $25 million to construct a parallel taxiway for the main runway, which will improve airfield safety and efficiency, said Wayne CEO Chad Newton County Airport Authority, in a statement.
Additionally, the department is awarding Sawyer International Airport in Marquette County on the Upper Peninsula $2.7 million to repair a hangar. The funds come from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program.
“Having reliable and safe air service is crucial to economic development, commerce and tourism,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, said in a statement. “This funding is another critical investment in our state’s infrastructure and will improve Sawyer International Airport for years to come.”
Willow Run Airport alone typically handles more than 200 million pounds of cargo annually, making it one of the nation’s largest airports for ground-based air cargo carried exclusively by cargo planes, according to a statement. release from the office of Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Ann Tonnelle. The airport also recently received $815,000 from the bipartisan Infrastructure Act.
“Willow Run Airport is a critical facility for commercial, cargo and general aviation,” Dingell said in a statement. “A few months ago when I toured, their number one request was to stay strong and viable. With this funding on the way to Willow Run, we will improve airport operations with a new taxiway, help the people of the Michigan and visitors to travel safely and keep our local economy and supply chains running smoothly.”
Sen. Gary Peters, Township of D-Bloomfield, added in a statement, “Michigan airports play a vital role in keeping travelers, communities and businesses connected to important markets and destinations by providing safe and secure air travel. reliable.