Governor Walker approves over $1.9 million for improvements at Central Wisconsin Airport

Sent: Feb. 28, 2017

Governor Scott Walker has approved $1,964,665 in funding for improvements at the Central Wisconsin Airport, including joint sealing a runway, purchasing snow removal equipment and completing a wildlife hazard assessment. Funds from the state, Marathon and Portage counties and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be used for these projects.

Funding Breakdown

  • State = $97,312
  • Portage and Marathon counties = $115,741
  • FAA = $1,751,613

According to Matt Messina, airport development engineer with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), the project will extend the life of Runway 08/26 by keeping water from entering the base of the pavement structure. Two new snow removal trucks with 20 foot brooms also will be purchased. In addition, the United States Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Services-Wildlife Services (APHIS-WS) will conduct a wildlife hazard assessment at the airport. The assessment will identify what wildlife are present and how they affect operations at the airport. APHIS-WS will then create a wildlife hazard management plan that will help reduce the impact of wildlife on airport operations. The projects should be completed by September 2017.

Airport improvement projects are administered through the WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics. Central Wisconsin Airport is one of 97 facilities included in the Wisconsin State Airport System Plan, which makes it eligible for airport development funding.

For more information, contact:
Matt Messina, WisDOT airport development engineer
(608) 267-7108,