Governor Evers approves $135,000 for project to improve Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport

​Published: March 27, 2019

Governor Tony Evers approved funding for engineering services needed to renovate the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport terminal building and purchase airport safety equipment.

According to Gayle Stearn, P.E., airport development engineer with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Bureau of Aeronautics, the terminal building renovation will make efficient use of existing space by relocating the secure hold room to provide additional seating capacity. It will also reorient the security checkpoint to meet Transportation Security Administration (TSA) design standards. The terminal building was constructed in 1979. The vacuum sweeper will help remove debris from the airfield.

Funds from the state, City of Rhinelander, Oneida County and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be used for this project.

Funding Breakdown

  • State = $6,750
  • City of Rhinelander/Oneida County = $6,750
  • FAA = $121,500

The engineering work has started and is currently scheduled to be completed in 2020.

Airport improvement projects are administered through the WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics.
The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport is one of 97 facilities included in the Wisconsin State Airport System Plan, which makes it eligible for state and federal funding.

For more information, contact:

WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-3581,