ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced Thursday that Delta County will receive $269,562 to rehabilitate runways and purchase new aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment at the Delta County International Airport.
The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration as a part of the Runway Incursion Mitigation Program.
“This investment will make travelling to and from the Upper Peninsula safer and more efficient,” said Senator Stabenow. “Safe and reliable air travel will also help encourage businesses to invest in the region and create jobs.”
“Ensuring Michigan airports have modern infrastructure and safety equipment is important for the well-being of travelers, as well as economic growth,” said Senator Peters. “I’m pleased that this funding will help upgrade the airport’s runway and emergency responses to promote safe air travel and increase tourism and commerce in the Upper Peninsula.”
The Runway Incursion Management program helps airports reduce the risk of runway incursions. Incursions occur when an aircraft, vehicle, or person enters the protected area of an airport designated for aircraft landings and take offs. The FAA has developed an updated inventory of airport locations where runway incursions have occurred and is now working with airports on mitigation strategies.