$5.9 million in grants awarded to Sawyer International Airport

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Sawyer International Airport has been awarded two grants from the Department of Transportation (DOT) totaling $5,967,513 to support airport improvement projects, including runway rehabilitation.

“Airports are a key source of economic growth for the Upper Peninsula, connecting the world to exciting and innovative opportunities in Michigan,” said Senator Peters. “I’m pleased to announce this funding, which will ensure Sawyer International Airport can update their runways and continue offering safe and efficient air travel.”

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

“Sawyer Airport is a critical link between Marquette and the outside world, helping to support economic development and local businesses,” said Duane DuRay, Sawyer Airport Manager. “This new funding will allow Marquette County to complete a long overdue runway rehabilitation project while at the same time reducing operating expenses and continue to offer great service to Marquette and other communities in the Upper Peninsula.”

More information on the Department of Transportation Grant program can be found at http://www.dot.gov/grants.