McKINLEY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Authorities are planning a $1.47 million project at a northern Michigan airport to replace a 10-year-old passenger bridge whose original manufacturer went out of business, making repairs hard.
The Petoskey News-Review says the Federal Aviation Administration would pay 95 percent of the cost of the work at Pellston Regional Airport. Emmet County and Michigan would split the rest.READ MORE: Meet These Two Bear Cubs Who Have Become Inseparable At The Detroit Zoo
The walkway between airplanes and the terminal was replaced in 2003 when Pellston underwent an $8 million expansion and remodeling.READ MORE: Delta Wants Other Airlines To Share ‘No-Fly’ Lists To Help Stop Unruly Passengers
Airport Manager Kelley Atkins says getting a new bridge takes care of current repair needs and makes future repairs easier because replacement parts would be more available.
The FAA says passenger boardings at the airport rose 9 percent in 2012 to 24,864 people. The airport is in McKinley Township, neighboring Pellston.MORE NEWS: Veteran Needs Help With Home Repairs
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