Improvement projects at the Emmetsburg Municipal Airport got some welcome news Tuesday as the Iowa Department of Transportation awarded funding for three projects at the local facility. The awards were part of the 2014 State Aviation Program approved by the Iowa Transportation Commission.
The state aviation program is divided into several divisions. The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) will fund $3.6 million for aviation safety, planning and airport development projects at 26 airports throughout Iowa. Projects funded through the AIP include maintenance of aviation weather systems; runway marking; windsocks; emergency operational repairs at publicly owned airports; match for federal statewide planning studies; land-use planning; air service development; and wildlife mitigation at airports.
AIP programs are funded with revenue from aircraft registration fees and aviation fuel taxes.
The Emmetsburg Municipal Airport will receive $10,500 towards the total project cost of $15,000 for pavement maintenance and $113,458 of the $226,906, costs of the construction of a new taxi lane to a new hangar.
The City of Emmetsburg is responsible for the remainder of funding required for the projects.
Aviation vertical infrastructure programs will provide nearly $2.3 million for projects at all eight commercial service airports and 10 general aviation airports throughout Iowa. These programs provide funding for the maintenance and development of airport facilities, such as terminal buildings, maintenance facilities and aviation hangars.
Vertical infrastructure programs are funded through the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund (RIIF).
Emmetsburg will also receive state funding in the amount of $100,000 out of the total cost of $529,170 to construct a new 80' by 100' hangar at the airport through the General Aviation Vertical Infrastructure portion of the Aviation Program.
"We're very pleased to have been awarded state funding towards these projects at the airport," noted Emmetsburg City Administrator John Bird. "We will be continuing our work on these plans and we look for construction to take place in calendar year 2014."