Kaptur: Middle Bass Airport Secures $223,405 for Runway Improvements
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) announced that the Middle Bass Island Airport has secured $223,405 in a competitive grant award for designated runway improvements, to include new sealing and remarking of 1,855 feet of Runway 10/28 to “maintain the structural integrity of the pavement and to minimize foreign object debris.” The competitive grant was awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA.
“For Middle Bass Island residents, the airport is their lifeline in the winter,” Kaptur said. “Medical emergencies, mail delivery, access to medicine, and school transportation all depend on a well-functioning Middle Bass Island Airport. The airport is central for the entire Middle Bass Island community, and these funds are a wise investment.”
The FAA is an agency within the Department of Transportation and administers the airport runway improvement program.
According to the State of Ohio Department of Transportation: “the airport has a unique role for the community. During the summer months the airport serves aircraft charters and recreational flying. However, during the winter months, ferry service to the island is suspended and the airport serves as the only transportation between the island and the mainland. Services provided include emergency medical transport, mail, general supplies and medicine, transportation of school children and other charter services. Griffings Flying Service is the primary charter company serving the airport from the mainland.”
ODOT stated that the grant will provide federal funding for the Middle Bass Island Airport. The project will fund crack seal, crack repair and remarking to rehabilitate 1,855 feet of Runway 10/28 to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement and to minimize foreign object debris. It will also fund crack seal, crack repair and remarking to rehabilitate 1,855 feet of parallel Taxiway A and the 15,400 square yards of the apron needed to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement.