Friday, March 12, 2010

Governor Doyle approves $2,778,875 for projects at Wittman Regional Airport

Governor Jim Doyle has approved $2,778,875.48 for three airport improvement projects at the Wittman Regional Airport, in Oshkosh. The Governor’s action releases $101,479.74 in state funds for the project and Winnebago County is contributing $76,699.74. The Federal Aviation Administration is providing the remaining $2,600,696. U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl and U.S. Rep. Thomas Petri were instrumental in securing the FAA funding needed for these projects.

According to Terry Ripp, airport engineering specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the projects will: 1) prepare for the Phase II reconstruction of Runway 18/36; 2) design airport perimeter fencing; and 3) design the replacement of Taxiway D ramp at the airport. The current taxiway ramp is aged and severely cracked. The perimeter fence will enclose the airport for security and safety. The runway reconstruction will replace the concrete runway that was originally constructed in 1967.

The first phase of the runway reconstruction project is scheduled to begin in April and will be complete and open to air traffic in time for the EAA AirVenture in July. The second phase will start in August and is expected to be completed by the end of November 2010. The two design projects began in February, and construction will begin in August 2010.

Facilities at Wittman Regional Airport include four paved runways that accommodate over 103,000 aircraft take-offs and landings each year. The airport also hosts the annual AirVenture event (formerly called the EAA Fly-In), which attracts more than 10,000 aircraft and over half a million people each year.


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