The Press Newspaper
The Federal Aviation Administration is awarding a grant of $38,760 to the Port Authority for design planning of the renovations to runway 14/32 at Metcalf and the Ohio Department of Transportation is awarding another $600,032 for construction costs for half of the main runway at the airfield.
The ODOT grant will provide 80 percent of the eligible costs for the project in 2009, according to Carla Firestone, communications director for the Port Authority.
The City of Toledo owns the Metcalf facility and leases it to the Port Authority.
In all this year, the Port Authority has received more than $1 million in grants for Metcalf Field and an additional $2.6 million for Toledo Express Airport, bringing a total of more than $3.6 million into the area for aviation operations.
“These dollars create construction jobs in our region, support the economy and will improve the airports capability to support aviation activity – an activity that generates $645 million in annual economic impact to our region,” said Eric Frankl, airports director for the Port Authority.
He credited Sen. George Voinovich and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur for helping to secure the federal funds.
In April, the FAA announced it was awarding about $9.5 million in grants to 12 airports throughout Ohio, including Toledo Express, Metcalf, and the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport near Port Clinton.
In that funding round, Toledo Express received $1.3 million and $111,240 was allocated for Metcalf.
The Erie-Ottawa airport was awarded about $1.3 million, which has been earmarked for completing the second phase of a runway expansion, Jack Stables, airport director, said at the time.
The east-west runway at the airport, also known as Carl R. Keller Field, is being extended by 650 feet to 5,650 feet and widened from 75 feet to 100 feet.
Mr. Stables said he expected the project to be completed by this fall. Erie and Ottawa counties each contributed 2.5 percent of the cost to the project.
The FAA last year awarded another $1.3 million to start the project, which the agency said was needed to improve safety.