Austin Straubel expansion project could bring economic benefits

Published 03/17 2014 05:44PM

Updated 03/17 2014 07:17PM

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WFRV)--An expansion project at Austin Straubel International Airport, in Aswaubenon, will help air traffic flow more efficiently and ultimately boost economic growth, according to airport officials.

"The more airplanes you have here, the more revenue it generates for the community," said Austin Straubel Airport Director, Tom Miller.


The $1 million project will create a connection from the East General Aviation Ramp, near Jet Air, to the main taxiway.


That will improve aircraft traffic flow.


Miller also said the construction project will create a few dozen temporary jobs.


The state will fund 80-percent of the project and the airport along with Brown County will pay for the other 20-percent, according to Miller.


"Whether it's the airport or other transportation projects, we certainly moved up on the bridge, all those things are important parts of not just transportation but about economic growth," said Gov. Scott Walker, who attended Monday's press conference.


During Packers games and big events like EAA the runway near Jet Air can get backed up quickly but this expansion will relieve some of that traffic, said Miller.


Part of the expansion will also include five and a half acres of parking space which will allow more private aircrafts to park.


More planes means more money.


Miller said, "The people who utilize the facility, they rent cars, they buy gas, they eat in the restaurants."


Brown County Executive, Troy Streckenbach, said "By having a regional airport that is demonstrating the ability to have those infrastructure in place is critical for Brown County and northeast Wisconsin."


This is the third phase of a planned expansion.


Construction is scheduled to begin mid April and should be completed in time for EAA.


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