Airport receives $2.7 FAA grant for infrastructure upgrades

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that Delta County Airport in Escanaba will receive a $2,729,672 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support infrastructure rehabilitation projects, including runway refurbishing and providing new signage and LED lighting for portions of the runway and taxiways.

“The Delta County Airport plays a critical role in connecting Escanaba and Delta County residents with business and travel opportunities around the world,” said Senator Peters. “This funding will help improve critical safety infrastructure to ensure the airport can continue providing dependable, efficient service for Escanaba and the entire Upper Peninsula.”

“This investment will make traveling to and from the Upper Peninsula safer and more efficient,” said Senator Stabenow. “Safe and reliable air travel also promotes tourism and helps encourage businesses to invest in the UP and create jobs.”

“This funding will be used to rebuild and refurbish portions of Delta County Airport taxiways and runways to make us more efficient and ensure that we are complying with important safety regulations,” said Kelly Smith, Delta County Airport Manager. “Ultimately, this funding enables us to continue offering safe and reliable commercial air service in the Upper Peninsula.”

More information on the Department of Transportation Grant program can be found at