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County gets cash to study airport upgrades

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ANN MARIE AMES
February 15, 2010
— The Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport will get $480,000 in state grant money for improvements.

The county will spend $120,000 of its own money as part of the project.


The airport will get new snow-removal equipment, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.


Design work for terminal upgrades will include changing the location of the airport manager’s office, making changes to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act standards and making energy efficiency upgrades.


The Rock County Board in September authorized staff to seek the grant money. At the time, Airport Director Ron Burdick described the terminal as “as looking like a 1950s train station.”


The décor includes a glass wall through which diners at Kealy’s Airport Kafe enjoy a view of the runway. It’s a nice view but energy-inefficient, Burdick said.


Security upgrades could include new lights and gates.


The design phase of the project is expected to be finished this summer, according to the news release. The county could budget money in 2011 for the construction, Burdick previously said.



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