Airport awarded FAA grant funds

MARQUETTE – The Marquette County Board voted unanimously Tuesday to accept a $742,500 Federal Aviation Administration grant for work on two taxiways at Sawyer International Airport.

Airport officials are anticipating receiving the grant needed to fund rehabilitation of taxiways E and F.

The county board previously approved agreements contingent upon receiving the federal grant, including a construction agreement with Payne & Dolan Inc. for $715,754, a professional service agreement with Mead & Hunt and $38,050 for design work and $60,525 to complete construction administration.

The Michigan Department of Transportation has $10,671 of construction, engineering and administration expenses, according to airport manager Duane DuRay.

In addition to the federal grant funding, MDOT and Marquette County will each fund $41,250 of the total project cost. The county’s share will come from the Airport Stabilization Fund and refunded through passenger facility charges, DuRay said.

To allow for quick turnaround of the grant and allow the project to be finished this construction season, airport staff asked the board for its tentative approval of the grant.

The board action approved resolutions for both the FAA and MDOT and authorizes county officials to sign all documents when the grant is received.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.