Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson Announce Nearly $1.5 million to Improve Infrastructure at Northwestern Minnesota Airports

Aug 17, 2011 Issues: Transportation

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Representative Collin Peterson today announced nearly $1.5 million for infrastructure improvements at Northwestern Minnesota airports. The funding comes from the Federal Aviation Administration through the Department of Transportation.

“Strengthening our airport infrastructure promotes economic development to communities throughout Minnesota,” Klobuchar said. “This support will help ensure that our airports continue to be among the safest and most reliable in the country.”

“Having a reliable, modern airport is vitally important to the economic well-being of northwestern Minnesota’s communities,” Franken said.  “This funding will help improve the infrastructure at airports all over the northwestand ensure that they continue to play an important role in creating jobs and economic development in the surrounding region.”

“These airports are an important part of the economic infrastructure for rural communities,” Peterson said. “This kind of investment in transportation is key to maintaining and improving our rural economic health.”

Details for funding are below:

• Moorhead Municipal Airport will receive $478,394 to help support construction of a new hangar building, allowing the airport to be more self-sustaining.

• Hutchinson Municipal Airport will receive $144,000 to help improve overall infrastructure.

• Morris Municipal Airport will receive $128,250 to support the construction of a taxiway.

• Warroad International Memorial will receive $386,014 to support improvements to overall infrastructure.

• Hawley Municipal Airport will receive $129,333 to help support improvements to infrastructure.

• Myers Field will receive $218,025 to help in the acquisition of snow removal equipment, allowing the airport to remain open during the winter months.