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Governor Walker approves nearly $686,000 for project at Rhinelander – Oneida County Airport

November 22, 2013

Governor Scott Walker today announced a $685,897 project for a new rescue vehicle and related equipment at Rhinelander – Oneida County Airport, along with engineering services for a storm water management plan at the facility.

Gayle Stearn, airport development engineer with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), said the new 1,500 gallon aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicle will replace the airport’s current one from 1992. In addition, new personal firefighting protective clothing and forcible entry tools are being purchased. The storm water management plan will assess the drainage at the airport and provide recommendations for any necessary improvements.

Funding Breakdown

  • State = $34,452
  • City of Rhinelander and Oneida County = $34,453
  • Federal Aviation Administration = $616,992

The project is underway and expected to be completed by fall 2014.

Rhinelander – Oneida County Airport is one of 98 facilities included in the Wisconsin State Airport System Plan (SASP). It is classified as a commercial service airport, supporting regularly scheduled year-round commercial airline service and a full range of general aviation activity to domestic and international destinations.

For more information, contact:
Gayle Stearn, WisDOT airport development engineer
(608) 266-7269,



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