Rhinelander-Oneida Airport to receive federal funds for upgrades
File photo/Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport
For the Star Journal
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport is receiving over $1.5 million through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to make necessary upgrades to improve safety and increase efficiency for travelers. U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) made the announcement Dec. 20.
“Wisconsin relies on our regional airports to connect travelers, commuters and businesses to destinations around the world,” said Baldwin, who supported the law. “I’m proud that my Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is making this investment to help keep our ‘Made in Wisconsin’ economy moving forward and travelers in Northern Wisconsin safe for years to come.”
The investment comes through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Airport Infrastructure Grant (AIG) program, which is making a $15 billion investment over five years nationwide to upgrade runways, taxiways, safety and sustainability projects, as well as terminal, airport-transit connections and roadway projects. In just the first three years of the program, Wisconsin airports have received over $117 million in AIG grants.
The $1.5 million grant for the county of Oneida and city of Rhinelander will be used to improve 15,000 square feet of the airport’s existing runway to address drainage issues, install new lighting on runways, and upgrade existing signage and navigation aids that provide pilots with critical airfield information, including an airport beacon that has reached the end of its useful life.
“On behalf of the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport Commission and its regional sponsors, we extend our gratitude to Sen. Baldwin for her continued support of our facility. Funding for this comprehensive project will go toward supplanting much of our airport’s 45-year-old physical infrastructure,” said Matthew J. Leitner, airport director at Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport. “This will enhance our airport’s operational capabilities and further increase the economic contribution it makes to our region, which is already over $40 million annually.”