September 25, 2019 – Hartford, WI – The states second busiest non-towered airport will host a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. to celebrate the completion of a $7.5 million renovation.
City officials in Hartford started planning a runway renovation in 2005; the proposal finally got through state and federal political hoops and the project got underway in early 2018. It was substantially completed last month.
The renovated runway now runs directly west and east vs. the previous northwest to southeast direction while adding 400 linear feet to the previous 3,000 foot runway. This will allow for easier takeoffs and landings for the many planes housed at the airport along with those coming into Hartford for business and leisure.
Of the estimated final $7.5 million cost, 90 percent was picked up by the Federal Aviation Administration, 5 percent by the state and the final 5 percent by Hartford Municipal Airport. Room tax dollars were used to offset the $375,000 portion of the cost to the City of Hartford.
Wednesday morning’s ribbon cutting at the Hartford Municipal Airport, 4200 Hwy U, Hartford, will feature presentations from City Mayor Tim Michalak along with other local and state dignitaries.