Chippewa County International Airport near Sault Ste. Marie will receive a $1.3 million federal grant to help pay for new snow-removal equipment and runway and taxiway improvements, Michigan Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow announced Monday.
"Airports are a vital link to an increasingly global economy, and we have to make the right investments to maintain that important link," Levin said. "Today's grant announcement is good news for travelers, business and workers in Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding communities."
"Making air travel more efficient will provide a boost to the region's economy and will support our local businesses," Stabenow said. "These improvements will help Chippewa County International keep our families and visitors safe and reduce flight delays."
The Federal Aviation Administration grant will help pay for acquisition of new snow-removal equipment; rehabilitation of existing runway pavement to ensure safe airport operations; and taxiway improvements to maintain the structural integrity of pavement and prevent aircraft damage from debris.