U.S. Department of Transportation

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two Upper Peninsula airports will benefit from funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation. 

The DOT announced $477 million in infrastructure grants for 264 airports across the country on Wednesday. The money will go toward projects to rehabilitate and construct runways and taxiways and acquire and replace equipment to ensure the safety of passengers and airline workers.

Sawyer International Airport is getting $678,150 and the Chippewa County International Airport in Sault Ste. Marie $155,325.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Essential Air Service program has been extended for five years for several Upper Peninsula airports. 

Funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation, the program provides critical air service that connects rural and remote areas with major hubs.

The U.P. airports that will receive funding through 2023 are the Delta County Airport in Escanaba, Houghton County Memorial Airport, Ford Airport in Kingsford, the Gogebic-Iron County Airport in Ironwood, and the Chippewa County International Airport in Sault Ste. Marie.

SAWYER, MI--   Sawyer International Airport is getting nearly $6 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. 

Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced the funding Tuesday. The money will be used for improvement projects, including runway rehabilitation.

Airport Manager Duane DuRay says the grants will allow Marquette County to complete long-overdue projects. He says at the same time it will reduce operating expenses and let Sawyer International continue to offer service to the central U.P. 

KINGSFORD, MI--   Dickinson County’s Ford Airport is getting more money for improvements.

The Kingsford facility will receive a nearly $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. It will be used to complete rehabilitation of the runway and reconstruction of the lighting system.

Last week it was announced Ford Airport would get $2.2 million to address the improvements. In total, the airport is getting $4,843,789 in federal grants.  

KINGSFORD, MI--   Ford Airport in Kingsford is getting more than $2.2 million in federal funding for improvements. 

Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced the Department of Transportation grant Friday. They say the money will be used to rehabilitate the runway and reconstruct its lighting system.

Peters says Ford Airport is a critical connection for residents, and it boosts tourism and bolsters economic development in the region.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   An environmental group is suing the federal government, contending it gives pipeline owners and operators a free pass on developing plans for dealing with oil spills into inland waterways.  

The suit filed Thursday by the National Wildlife Federation says the federal Oil Pollution Act prohibits operators from handling, storing or transporting oil until their spill response plans get federal approval. The plans are supposed to make sure enough resources are available to contain and remove spilled oil and limit environmental damage.


BILLINGS, MT (AP)--   U.S. officials are proposing tighter safety rules for pipelines carrying oil, gasoline and other hazardous liquids after a series of ruptures that included an accident in Michigan that became the costliest onshore spill in the nation's history. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation wants to expand pipeline inspection requirements and require companies to more closely analyze the results. The agency also would make companies re-check lines following floods and hurricanes.

Two Michigan airports getting federal funding for upgrades

Aug 14, 2015

ESCANABA, MI (AP)--   Two Michigan airports are getting U.S. Department of Transportation support for upgrades.  

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan announced Thursday a $476,900 grant for Delta County Airport in Escanaba. The funding will help the airport rehabilitate its runway, acquire a passenger lift for disabled travelers and update taxiway markings.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   Two Upper Peninsula airports are getting grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation to enable safer travel.  

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced the Houghton County Memorial Airport will receive more than $856,000.  The money will be used to rehabilitate its concrete apron, where the aircraft are parked. 


FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The Houghton County Memorial Airport is getting a grant worth about $856,000 to help with rehab work at the Upper Peninsula facility.

  The office of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow said in a news release Thursday that the money will go toward rehabilitating the concrete of the airport's apron, which is where aircraft are parked. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Transportation.