The FAA awarded the Winnebago County-owned facility an Airport Improvement Program Discretionary grant to rebuild Taxiway A, which serves the airport’s main north-south runway throughout the year and becomes a second north-south runway during the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual fly-in convention.
In addition to FAA funding, the Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics and the county will contribute $425,000 to the project.
The Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics inspected the taxiway in 2015 and determined its pavement was deteriorating due to its age and would need to be rebuilt by 2021 to comply with minimum federal and industry standards.
The reconstruction includes the following updates: replacing current lighting with energy-efficient LED lighting; replacing two 30-year-old metal culverts with concrete ones to improve water flow in the drainage structures; and reconstructing five driveways that connect the taxiway to the prime runway.
Construction will begin in April and run in several phases to avoid any work around EAA AirVenture. The project will be finished by spring 2021.
The Appleton International Airport also recently received $4.7 in federal grants for airport improvements. Read that story here.