(Oshkosh, WI) – On Tuesday, November 10th, Wittman Regional Airport is set to reopen Taxiway Alpha (A). The reconstruction of Taxiway A was scheduled to be constructed in three phases, with phase 1 & 2 to be completed by November 13th 2020 and Phase 3 to be completed by June 11th, 2021. The successful completion of the $7,521,894 reconstruction project was accomplished ahead of the November 13th deadline and in only two phases. This achievement was done through the diligent correspondence between airport staff, OMNNI Engineering and Vinton Construction. Wittman Regional Airport is thankful to the funding contributions of this project from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and the matching contributions from the Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics state block grant program and Winnebago County.
The 8’000 Linear Feet (LF) of concrete reconstruction project included; upgrading Taxiway “A” lights to LED lighting and signage improvements; improvements to the drainage system with enhanced grading and construction of a 4,100 LF concrete storm drain gutter; and widening the taxiway to 60′. All of these significant improvements will provide enhanced safety for use of the taxiway, and increase its useful life as the previous pavement was constructed around 1967. Taxiway A is heavily utilized year-round, and is unique in that it operates as a third runway during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. This adaptation allows Wittman Regional Airport to operate three non- intersecting runways, providing for arrival and departure rates that are critical to the safety and success of the event.