A nearly $500,000 project at the Washington Island Airport has been approved. The funding, $482,457, is earmarked for weather equipment installation, along with design services for future improvements at the air strip. The automated weather observing station is intended to enhance safety for inbound & departing aircraft by providing continuous weather reports. The addition of the island AWOS brings the state’s total number of units to 45. The design component of the project includes engineering services for visual navigation aids, pavement rehabilitation & obstruction removals. Of the project cost, the Federal Aviation Administration will pick up $450,000, Door County will add $16,228 & the Town of Washington will provide $16,229. Washington Island Airport is one of 98 facilities in the Wisconsin state airport system plan. The landing strip is classified as a small general aviation airport, primarily supporting single-engine aircraft.