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Oscoda airport gets $4.9 million grant to renovate apron

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The U.S. Transportation Department is awarding $779 million in supplemental funding for infrastructure grants to 127 airports in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

The funding will be used for construction or equipment to increase airport safety, capacity, and security.

“This supplemental funding allows us to invest in important infrastructure needs at the nation’s airports, especially those serving smaller and rural communities,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

Only three of the 127 grants are headed to Michigan, although one of them will make a big difference to a small airport in northeast Michigan.

Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport is receiving a little more than $4.9 million to renovate an apron. An airport apron, or tarmac, is the area where aircraft are parked, loaded or unloaded, refueled, or boarded.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration’s most recent economic analysis, U.S. civil aviation accounts for $1.6 trillion in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs.