Elkhart Airport gains grant for safety renovations

ELKHART, Ind. – Elkhart Municipal Airport has been awarded an approximately $800,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, according to Mayor Tim Neese.

The airport intends on improving safety with the awarded funds. The grant will allow installation of airfield guidance signs and reconstructed taxiway lighting.

The new LED lighting will also reduce energy consumption and costs.

“The Elkhart Municipal Airport is the front door for people considering the City as a place where they want to invest. Upon their arrival, we want the Airport to reflect that safety and quality infrastructure are a priority in the City of Elkhart. Through this grant, we will strengthen our capabilities in these areas and elevate the attractiveness of this economic engine.” Mayor Neese said.

The upgrade process began on April 30th and expected completion is August.

The project’s total cost is shared 90% by the FAA, 5% by the Indiana Department of Transportation, and 5% by the City of Elkhart.

Elkhart’s share is about $44,000, which will be covered by the income that came from a recent sale of property on the Airport’s southwest side. This project will not require local tax dollars.

If any residents are interested in learning more about what is available through the Elkhart Municipal Airport, contact Airport Manager David Pixey at 574-264-5217.

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