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Estherville receives grant for airport

By Staff | Jul 22, 2010

Senator Chuck Grassley’s announcement that the Federal Aviation Administration has released grant funds for Iowa airports was good news to Estherville City Clerk Vaughn Brua.

Twelve grants totaling $3,120,986 were awarded to airports around the state.

Estherville Municipal Airport will receive $117,135 for “access road rehabilitation.”

Brua explained the rehabilitation is an asphalt overlay for the access road to the airport.

“It’s wearing down some-mostly at the entrance,” said Brua. “It needs to get done.”

The federal grant pays for 95 percent of the project. Estherville’s local match is $6,165.

Brua wasn’t sure when the last overlay was done, but believes it’s been at least 20 years.

“We hope to get the overlay done yet this year,” he said.

Other Iowa airports receiving grants are those serving the towns of Clarinda, Clarion, Creston, Dubuque, Fairfield, Fort Dodge, Mason City, Oelwein, Osceola, Pella and Waverly.

“This funding is intended to increase the safety and efficiency of these airports, as well as help provide important economic development opportunities in these communities,” Grassley said.