Federal legislation that President Bill Clinton is expected to sign into law soon may provide funds for a new runway surface and a fire-rescue vehicle at the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport.
The projects would be funded through grants that would require 10 percent local participation to match 90 percent federal funding, Airport Manager Steve Sievek said.
The aviation bill will result in entitlements grants of $1 million a year through Fiscal Year 2003 for the Brainerd airport.
The runway project would involve sealing cracks and then placing a new overlay on the main runway.
Sievek said the earliest work might begin on the runway project would be in 2001.
Congressman Jim Oberstar, the ranking Democratic member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said in a news release that the bill would provide $1.6 million for airport improvements in Minnesota in the next fiscal year.
Sievek said other improvements would also be considered now that Congress has passed the bill and the president's signature on the legislation is expected soon.
The only down side to the news is the federal government places certain limitations on the use of the money.
"Some of our needs are not federally eligible," Sievek said.
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