Planned improvements for a local airport can now take off thanks to an area politician securing federal funding.
On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced how the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration awarded a grant to Fostoria’s metro airport
The airport received $76,500 to overhaul its terminal building.
“Ohio airports are vital infrastructure supporting travel and commerce in our state,” Brown said. “These funds will enhance safety and operations at Kelleys Island land field and Fostoria Metro Airport and improve travel for area residents and businesses.”
Additionally, in the same announcement from Brown, a grant was awarded to Kelleys Island. The grant, totaling almost $455,000, aims to make “critical” repairs. More specifically, a project calls for reconstructing the Kelleys Island land field’s runway lighting.
Kelleys Island village owns and operates its airport, which is used by island residents, tourists and those doing business there, among many other purposes. Paramedics also need the runway to travel into and from Kelleys Island for emergency purposes.
Flight represents the only method of travel for people to access Kelleys Island from the mainland when ferries, mostly during wintertime, aren’t crisscrossing Lake Erie.