Ohio has approved $570,000 for improvements to a north-south taxiway at Medina Municipal Airport in Sharon Township.
On Monday, state Sen. Larry Obhof, R-Montville Township, said in a statement that Medina was among 24 airports in the state selected for funding from the Ohio Airport Grant Program.
Steve Potoczak, a project manager for Delta Airport Consultants’ office in Cleveland, told The Gazette the state budget that took effect July 1 included an increase from $1 million to $6 million for airport improvements statewide.
“That was a real shot in the arm,” Potoczak said.
The state money will pay for 95 percent of the improvement’s total cost of $600,000 at the Sharon Township airport. The city of Medina said in an application for the funds that it would contribute $30,000.
The airport’s general manager, Eric Olson, said news of the grant was “very exciting.”
He said the north-south taxiway is the last area of pavement at the airport that has not been “rehabbed” since the city took it over in 1987. “We’ve been doing patching there,” Olson said.
Olson called the project a “shovel-ready” job “that we’ve wanted to do for a while.”
The improvement will cover 1,750 feet of taxiway and be 25-feet wide.
Potoczak said it will likely be a 60-day project and work could begin “around May” of 2016. The work will extend the taxiway 150 feet south to run parallel to the north-south runway.
Olson said the east-west runway will be able to be used while the work is ongoing.
Looking back at the 2015 airport’s usage, Olson said it was a “wonderful, healthy year.”
Obhof said in a statement that the airport has about 90 aircraft based there.
Olson said the airport has two full-time and 20 part-time seasonal employees.