TOWNSHIP OF GREEN CREEK – Thanks to significant federal funding, the Sandusky County Regional Airport Authority expects to soon complete work on a major infrastructure project at the county airport.
US Senator Sherrod Brown announced on Thursday that the airport authority will obtain a $1,687,036 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to rebuild 6,000 square meters of the airport’s Apron A to extend its useful life. .
Michael Russell, airport manager, said on Friday that reconstruction work is expected to start later this year and run until 2023.
Russell said the project, when complete, will extend the life of the deck by 20 years.
He said work has already been completed on about a quarter of the apron, with the rest to be completed in segments so as not to interfere with Ohio Highway Patrol and emergency medical planes entering and leaving the airport hangars.
The apron reconstruction project is funded 90 percent by FAA grants, 5 percent by the Ohio Department of Transportation, and 5 percent by the Airport Authority.
Russell said the $1.68 million FAA grant announcement comes as traffic has begun to pick up at the airport.
He said recent warmer weather has brought more commercial and private aircraft flights in and out of Sandusky County Airport.
“Our local airmen, when they get clear skies, they all want to fly,” Russell said.
Bruce Schrader, chairman of the airport authority, said in March that the authority was considering a survey to determine what future infrastructure upgrades the airport might need to expand the growth of its ground operations.
In recent years, the airport has obtained funding from the FAA to begin reconstruction work on the apron.
Brown (D-OH) announced Thursday that the FAA has awarded a total of six grants to municipal governments, county governments and organizations located in northwest Ohio, totaling $4,607,779.