07.25.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $175,000 for Sawyer International Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that Marquette County will receive $175,135 to rehabilitate runways, improve structural integrity, and remove debris at Sawyer International Airport. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration as a part of the Runway Incursion Mitigation Program.

“This investment will make travelling to and from the Upper Peninsula safer and more efficient,” said Senator Stabenow. “Safe and reliable air travel will also help encourage businesses to invest in the region and create jobs.”

“Ensuring that Michigan airports have modern infrastructure is important in securing a pleasant and efficient flight for passengers,” said Senator Peters. “I’m pleased that this funding will help upgrade the airport’s facilitates to promote safe air travel and increase tourism and commerce in the region.”

The Runway Incursion Management program helps to identify, prioritize, and develop strategies to help airport sponsors mitigate risk. The FAA has developed an updated inventory of airport locations where runway incursions have occurred and is now working with airports on mitigation strategies. More information about the Runway Incursion Mitigation Program can be found at https://www.faa.gov/airports/special_programs/rim/.