Governor Tony Evers approved funding totaling $400,000 to develop a master plan for the Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh, and an additional $218,000 for pavement maintenance.
The airport is host to the annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Air Venture event, which brings in more than 10,000 aircraft and approximately 500,000 people. This event is important to the airport, the Federal Aviation Administration, the aviation community, and surrounding communities and needs to be considered when looking at future projects.
According to Lucas Ward, P.E., airport development engineer with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Bureau of Aeronautics, the project will guide the airport’s development for the next 20 years.
Funds from the state, Winnebago County and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be used for the planning project.
- State = $20,000
- Winnebago County = $20,000
- FAA = $360,000
The planning project is scheduled to begin in June 2019 and should be completed in early 2021.
In addition to the airport planning work, this summer work will begin to crack seal and microsurface airport pavements and will continue over the next year and a half. This work will extend the useful life of the pavement.
Funds totaling $218,000 will come from the state, Winnebago County and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the crack seal and microsurface project.
- State = $10,900
- Winnebago County = $10,900
- FAA = $196,200
Airport improvement projects are administered through the WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics. Wittman Regional Airport is one of 97 facilities included in the Wisconsin State Airport System Plan, which makes it eligible for state and federal funding.