Meet Eric W. Johnson, P.E.

Eric W. Johnson
Airport Development Engineer
WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics

In September 2007, Eric W. Johnson joined the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Aeronautics as an airport development engineer. Eric is responsible for developing eligible projects for around a dozen Wisconsin airports, and acts as project manager to bring those projects to completion.

His duties include coordination with airport management to determine needed improvements for the airport, and arranging the funding scenario for the project. The funding can be a combination of federal, state and airport dollars; writing grant applications is all part of the process.

Eric works with airports to select an engineering consultant to perform the planning, design and construction administration of the improvement project. Project management duties include the negotiation of the engineering contracts, administering the construction bidding process, preparing construction contracts, processing payment requests and performing construction progress inspection through final completion and acceptance of the work. The Bureau of Aeronautics acts through the FAA, and as the agent for the sponsor airport, to complete projects.

Eric earned a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering in 1988 from the University of Wisconsin. He has been a Registered Professional Engineer since 1993. Eric was a highway and design engineer with the consulting firm of Mead & Hunt from 1988 to 1998. He then worked as a senior transportation engineer in WisDOT’s Southwest Region from 1998 to 2007.

Eric has a private pilot certificate and enjoys performing in wild-west shows and cowboy action events.

For questions concerning airport development through the Bureau of Aeronautics, contact Eric Johnson at eric1.johnson@dot.wi.gov or call (608) 267-2143.

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