Chippewa Valley Regional Airport awarded $1.7 million grant

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- More than a million dollars in improvements are on the way for the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport.

A grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration will update one of the airport's runways.

The announcement was made Thursday in a press release from Rep. Ron Kind's office.

Airport director Charity Zich said, “We're going to reconstruct about 900 ft. of the 5,000 ft. of runway. Those are two asphalt sections that were put in many years ago and were meant to be temporary but the funds haven't been available to replace them until now.”

The around $1.7 million grant will allow the airport to improve its cross-wind runway known as runway 14/32.

Zich said, “A portion of the concrete is as old as 1946 so it has really withstood the test of time and our goal with these repairs is to make sure it lasts another 20 years.”

The airport says its main 8,000 ft. runway will still stay open for the majority of the project and the construction shouldn't interrupt any scheduled flights.

“There will be short-term sections where they'll have to work in the safety area of that runway and that will require short-term closures of that runway but we’ll work around our scheduled airline flights and any scheduled flights that we know are going to be happen to be sure they can still operate on schedule,” added Zich.

The airport says the project has already been bid so as soon as the funds are available it plans to contact the contractor and start as soon as possible.

Weather and complications pending the airport hopes to have the updates completed later this fall.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Chippewa Valley Regional Airport is getting a nearly $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration.

It was announced in a press release from Rep. Ron Kind.

Kind says the grant will be used to reconstruct 900 feet of the airport’s runway, which he says is in need of major repairs.

The Chippewa Valley Regional Airport will receive $1,697,698 in funding.