The La Crosse Regional Airport is getting nearly 2 million dollars in grant money.  Fox 25/48’s Zach Prelutsky tells us where the money will be spent and what sort of changes you should look out for.

It may not be the flashiest renovation, “by far not the biggest project we’ve done at the airport” but that doesn’t mean the 1.7 million dollar grant the La Crosse regional airport received last week is not a big deal to those that work there.

Ricardo Lee has worked inside the airport for many years now and has seen a lot of changes.

“In the past two to three years there’s been a big renovation inside so putting some money towards the outside on the airfield is just going to add to how great LSE is right now”

Airport director Clinton Torp explains exactly what the money is going to be used for on the airfield.

“The system will upgrade all of our existing incandescent lights with the exception of one runway, to LED lights so those are higher efficiency, it will allow for better visibility on the airfield which of course enhances safety and then it will also provide significant energy savings”

The airport hopes to start the renovations in the spring and they will not disrupt any commercial flights. This grant is just the latest in a string of renovations that has turned this small airport into something the city of La Crosse can be proud of.

“Just the whole airport in general, everyone enjoys how small it is and how clean everything looks and the grant’s just going to be a great fit for what’s been invested inside.”

Ninety percent of the grant is coming from the FAA with five percent coming from the Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics and five percent coming from the airport. The airport hopes for the project to be completed by next summer.

Next time you fly into LSE or another airport look down and see if you can tell what kind of lights they have.

“a keen eye will observe it”

In La Crosse, Zach Prelutsky, Fox 25/48 News at Nine.