By Correne Martin
The Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport is getting a $1.06 million terminal in 2016.
The age of the old terminal is not known, but the Federal Aviation Administration feels it has reached its life expectancy, according to City Administrator Aaron Kramer.
“The mechanicals are inefficient and the technology has become inferior,” he said.
Kramer explained that every so often, the city adopts a seven-year plan for its airport. One such plan was last drawn up in 2013.
“The first thing that came up was the condition of the terminal,” he stated, “as well as new equipment, the runway and the fencing.”
The original budget for the project, from May 2015, was $919,000. But, in November, the budget grew to $1.06 million, of which the city is required to provide 9 percent. The new building, at 2,264 square feet, is larger than the existing space.