By Maggie Kenworthy
WARSAW — US Sen. Todd Young announced that Warsaw Municipal Airport was one of three airports to receive grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for infrastructure upgrades.
The Warsaw Municipal Airport will receive $1,134,772 for runway rehabilitation.
According to Airport Manager Nick King, the project will consist of repaving the north/south runway, which is around 5,000 feet long by 75 feet wide.
“The runway has not been repaved in over 30 years and the pavement is past its life expectancy,” explained King.
Thanks to this grant, the project is 100% funded.
“The community is getting a brand new runway for zero dollars to the community,” said King. “It’s a better runway that will better serve the community.”
Phend & Brown, Milford, was the low bidder on the project and will be completing the work. The project will take around 50-60 days to complete, but will be contained within the airport and won’t affect traffic.
Once funding is received, work is expected to begin and finish this fall. Due to COVID-19, some funding disbursements have been delayed. If this is the case, the project may be delayed until the spring depending on the weather.
The other two Indiana airports to receive grants included The Huntington Municipal Airport receiving $1,323,117 for runway rehabilitation and Indianapolis International Airport receiving $1,100,000 for taxiway reconstruction.
“After working to secure funding for Indiana’s infrastructure, I’m proud to announce these grant awards for Huntington, Indianapolis, and Warsaw airports,” said Young. “I’ll continue to advocate for investments that strengthen our state’s infrastructure so we can remain the Crossroads of America.”