Stabenow, Peters Announce over $8 Million in Federal Funds for Airports Across the Upper Peninsula

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be awarding $8,702,392 to airports across the Upper Peninsula. This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant is supplemented by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act — which Stabenow and Peters helped enact — to support airports affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Delta County Airport will receive $1,848,736 to install an emergency generator and reconstruct runway lighting.


Ford Airport will receive $3,067,462 to rehabilitate runways.


Sawyer International Airport will receive $3,786,194 to construct, improve, and repair utilities.


“This investment will make traveling to and from the Upper Peninsula safer and more efficient,” said Senator Stabenow. “Safe and reliable air travel will also help encourage businesses to invest in the region and create jobs.”


“Safe and reliable air travel to-and-from the Upper Peninsula is critical for Michigan small businesses and to connect to new markets and opportunities,” said Senator Peters. “I’m pleased to announce these grants, which will make key airport infrastructure upgrades and improve airport operations.”


More information on the Department of Transportation Grant program can be found at