The Platteville Airport Commission is hosting a ribbon cutting at the Platteville Municipal Airport Monday, Oct. 13 at 5 p.m.
This ribbon cutting will celebrate the recently completed airport improvement project, designed to accommodate user needs and future growth. No RSVP is required.
Approximately eight acres of property in the northeast corner of the airport property, adjacent to Wisconsin 80/81, has been developed. The layout of the site was designed to ultimately accommodate four taxilanes, seven 60-foot by 60-foot box hangars, and two 10-unit nested T-hangars.
Additional work completed includes storm sewer installation, new storm water management facilities for the development, relocation and burial of existing overhead electric power lines, installation of conduits for future utilities, and asphalt paving of two taxilanes and one partial taxilane.
These paved taxilanes provide immediate access to three of the 60-foot by 60-foot box hangar sites and one of the 10-unit nested T-hangar sites. Existing pavements were also widened and graded to meet Federal Aviation Administration design standards and allow access for aircraft with a wider wingspan and taller tail height to the new hangar development.
Construction at the airport started in June. Miese Construction Inc. was the prime contractor and Mead & Hunt, Inc. provided design and construction engineering for the project. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Aeronautics was the authorized agent and administered the project.
The project overcame numerous weather delays and was completed on time and under budget. It was funded with a combination of federal, state and local monies.
All existing hangar space at the Platteville Municipal Airport is currently occupied. This project satisfies the airport’s short-term need for additional hangar sites, while providing a layout that is flexible enough to meet the long-term hangar needs. Hangars are a benefit to the airport as they generate revenue from the leases. The revenue is used for ongoing maintenance and for future projects at the airport.