The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a $473,000 grant to the Michigan City Municipal/Phillips Field Airport and $411,000 to the Griffith-Merrillville Airport.
The grants were announced by U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville.
“Investment in Northwest Indiana’s regional transportation network creates jobs and enhances our position as an attractive place to work and live.” Visclosky said in a statement. “I appreciate the efforts at Michigan City/Phillips Field and Griffith-Merrillville Airports to secure this important funding.”
Funds allotted to the Michigan City airport will be used to replace about 1.5 miles of shorter perimeter fences with a 10-foot wildlife fence. This sort of barrier is recommended for airports in heavily forested areas, as it is designed to keep wildlife off of runways.
Griffith-Merrillville Airport’s grant will be used to continue the effort to extend its parallel taxiway. This safety feature will eliminate the need for aircraft to backtrack on the active runway.
The 2012 Indiana Airport’s Economic Impact Study indicates that Griffith-Merrillville Airport and Michigan City Municipal/Phillips Field each have an estimated economic impact of more than $50 million annually.