New Ulm airport gets federal grant

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded New Ulm Municipal Airport a grant of $264,600 for infrastructure improvements.

City Engineer Steven Koehler said this grant will allow the city to update its airport master plan and layout plan and update zoning. The city has worked with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the past year to design these updates.

Recently the city was made aware it qualified for federal funding for infrastructure improvements and submitted an application. Last week the U.S. House and U.S. Senate approved the request. The decision was highly praised by Minnesota politicians.

“The funds from this grant will help the New Ulm Municipal Airport make the necessary strides towards improving its infrastructure,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar said. “This investment represents a key component in helping support good jobs across the region while improving public safety.”

“Infrastructure investments are critical to strengthening the statewide economy, investing in Minnesota’s future, and creating good jobs,” Sen. Al Franken said. “I’m glad that these funds will allow New Ulm Municipal Airport to ensure its services remain up-to-date and plan for further development.”

Congressman Tim Walz also praised the awarding of the grant.

“Airport infrastructure investment is an important element of public safety and economic development in any region,” he said. “This grant will help the New Ulm Municipal Airport as it plans for the future.”

The grant will not directly cover new construction at the airport but it will allow the city to put a plan in place, which is needed before New Ulm can apply for additional grant improvements.

Koehler said the last full update to the airport master plan and layout was done in 1976.

The plan will determine the location of future hangars, runways and safety improvements. In terms of zoning the update will determine land use surrounding the airport.

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