City of White Cloud Completes Airport Runway Rehab
WHITE CLOUD, MI – The City of White Cloud recently completed a $1,075,578 project, rehabilitating Runway 18-36. This project was part of an annual planning process that assesses infrastructure needs under the Airport Improvement Program. Through these programs, costs are shared between the Federal Aviation Administration, the State of Michigan and local entities, similar to highway projects. Without important collaborations such as this, The City of White Cloud would not be able to complete such large projects. Through the City’s airport fund, $7,664 was contributed to the total project cost.
After a competitive bidding process, Rieth-Riley Construction Company was awarded the project. Throughout the month of July, the 2,917 ft Runway 18-36 was re-graded and repaved. This project eliminated years of weathering and surface distress, allowing the White Cloud Airport to continue providing safe operations for aircraft choosing to utilize this Newaygo County asset.
“The city has maximized the useful life of its existing runway,” Yvonne Ridge, White Cloud City Manager said. “The runway was in need of rehabilitation to ensure the infrastructure is maintained in excellent condition to best serve the base and visiting aircraft customers.”
Originally built in the 1930's, the White Cloud Airport encompasses a 45 acre property on the northern end of the city limits. Categorized as a basic general aviation facility by the FAA, this publicly owned airport is available for private and commercial use. In 2019, a new terminal building and self-service fuel terminal were constructed. The airport is located within walking distance to downtown White Cloud, and is located less than ½ mile from the White Cloud Industrial Park.