FAA funds to aid Pellston airport with pavement rehab

August 30, 2018

Pellston AirportEmmet County’s Pellston Regional Airport will be receiving upward of $170,000 worth of federal funding to rehabilitate its runways and taxiways.

The Federal Aviation Authority awarded the grant in early August after county officials approved plans for the project and filed an application for funds late last month. According to county documents, the agency will front up to 95 percent of the construction and planning work needed for the project, with the remaining 5 percent to be split evenly between state and county dollars.

Plans for the project were drawn up by Mead & Hunt and processed the the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The grant will allow the contractor to seal cracks and lay down new markings on runway areas covering approximately 825,000 square feet, plus about 875,000 square feet of taxiways and 68,000 square feet of apron. All totaled,  those tasks would cost about $175,000 in its bid for the project, and subsequent contract with the county, earlier this summer.

The county submitted an application for a grant on July 26. The FAA’s share of the costs will be just shy of $174,000, according to information released by the agency in its most recent round of grants.

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