Sunday, June 10, 2018

$4.6M grant awarded to rehabilitate Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (KAZO) runway

KALAMAZOO, MI -- A $4.65 million federal grant will cover the cost of rehabilitating the runway at the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport.

The money comes from discretionary funds from the Department of Transportation. Kalamazoo County Commissioner Michael Seals, a liaison to the county's aeronautics board, said the federal funds will cover the full cost of the project. 

Seals said the runway will likely be closed for two weeks in summer 2019 to accommodate the work. Airport Director David Reid was unable to be reached for comment. 

Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, said the grant is welcome news for the airport, which serves as a "springboard for critical investments" in jobs and economic growth. 

The Southwest Michigan Congressman was part of the near-unanimous support for a measure fundeding the Airport Improvement Program, which issues grants to public use airports for planning and development.

Representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration declined to comment on the rehabilitation project.

However, a spokesperson said there is discussion about whether to expand the airport's radar facility. The spokesperson said the change would not bring more air traffic into Kalamazoo.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.mlive.com

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