Platteville Airport Project Takes Off
Reber, Craig D, Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque)
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. - Improvements to the Platteville Municipal Airport soon will begin, thanks to an infusion of state and federal cash.
The city of Platteville received $950,000 for a $1 million taxiway expansion project. Construction is set to begin immediately, with a July or August completion date. The taxiway expansion project includes taxiways into the hangar expansion area, stormwater management, burial of all electrical transmission lines in the area and expansion of the existing taxiway.
The other $50,000 is coming from the Platteville Airport Commission's cash reserve fund.
"The city of Platteville is thrilled that we have the opportunity to further develop our regional airport," said Larry Bierke, Platteville city manager. "The prospect of bringing additional planes to Platteville is something to look forward to."
Bierke envisions Platteville's airport being a "hub" for aircraft of appropriate size. He also thinks the cost of renting a hangar in Platteville would be less than in Dubuque. The plan for next year is to build a large hangar, with six to 10 stalls, using 90 percent federal money.
Bierke said he thinks the airport improvements are a natural progression of what's taking place in Platteville over the past several years. …