Two NWI Airports Get FAA Grants
September 23, 2013 — The Federal Aviation Administration’s sending almost $473-thousand to Michigan City Municipal/Phillips Field Airport and more than $410-thousand to Griffith-Merrillville Airport.
Michigan City Municipal/Phillips Field Airport will use the $472,819 FAA grant to replace approximately 1.5 miles of perimeter fencing, supplanting shorter fences with a ten-foot wildlife fence. This sort of barrier is recommended for airports in heavily forested areas, as it is designed to keep wildlife off of runways.
Griffith-Merrillville Airport’s $410,700 grant will be used to continue the ongoing effort to extend its parallel taxiway. This safety feature, once completed, will eliminate the need for aircraft to backtrack on the active runway.
The 2012 Indiana Airport’s Economic Impact Study indicates that Griffith-Merrillville Airport and Michigan City Municipal/Phillips Field each have an estimated economic impact of over $50 million annually. Congressman Pete Visclosky says these grants help strengthen northwest Indiana’s economy and the airports’ own operations.