Governor Walker approves improvements totaling over $4.4 million for General Mitchell International Airport

Sent: Feb. 28, 2017

Governor Scott Walker today announced approval of funding totaling $4,439,126 for several construction, lighting and signage projects to improve safety at General Mitchell International Airport, Milwaukee. A combination of state, Milwaukee County and Federal Aviation Administration funds will be used for these projects.

Wendy Hottenstein, airport project manager with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), said the projects include replacing or rehabilitating badly deteriorated pavements, grooving two runways to improve braking action and replacing various guidance signs and lighting systems to improve safety at the airport.

$2,295,867 to reconstruct Taxiway F west of Taxiway F1

Funding Breakdown

  • WisDOT = $286,983
  • Milwaukee County = $286,984
  • Federal Aviation Administration = $1,721,900

$1,567,580 to rehabilitate Taxiways R & K; replace Taxiway E lighting and cabling; replace guidance signs, Precision Approach Path Indicators to Runways 19R, 1L and 7R; and groove Runways 13/31 and 7L/25R to improve braking action

Funding Breakdown

  • WisDOT = $252,197
  • Milwaukee County = $252,198
  • Federal Aviation Administration = $1,063,185

$575,679 to repair badly deteriorated lighting systems on Taxiways C, D, D1, F, F1, F2, H, K, and V

Funding Breakdown

  • WisDOT = $86,960
  • Milwaukee County = $86,960
  • Federal Aviation Administration = $401,759

Work on the three recently-approved projects began this fall and is expected to be complete in 2017.

Wisconsin’s busiest airport, General Mitchell International has five paved runways that accommodate over 100,000 aircraft operations and over 6.5 million commercial passengers annually.

Airport improvement projects are administered through the WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics. General Mitchell International 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:
Wendy Hottenstein, WisDOT airport project manager
(608) 261-6278, wendy.hottenstein@dot.wi.gov