Senators Wyden & Merkley: Four Oregon Airports to Receive More Than $9 Million in Federal Grants
Federal grants will help with airport improvements in La Grande, Cave Junction, Prineville and Gleneden Beach.
Gleneden Beach Airport, (aka Siletz Bay State Aiport)
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that airports in La Grande, Cave Junction, Prineville and Gleneden Beach have earned a total of more than $9.1 million in federal grants for improvements to runways, taxiways, guidance systems and more.
“Oregonians living and working in rural communities throughout our state know full well that small airports are essential centerpieces to build their economy and quality-of-life,” Wyden said. “These federal investments in local infrastructure are always important, and especially now when rural Oregon is working overtime to deal with the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis.”
“One of the most important things we can do right now to help our communities weather the coronavirus crisis is to focus on building a strong foundation for our future,” said Merkley. “The critical upgrades funded by these grants are going to enhance the safety and efficiency of our airports, keep our communities and businesses connected, and help us build that foundation.”
The $9.11 million in U.S. Department of Transportation grants are distributed as follows:
*Siletz Bay State Airport, Gleneden Beach, $135,468 to improve airport drainage, reconstruct runway, reconstruct taxiway.
* La Grande Airport, $5.62 million to construct apron and taxiway, extend taxiway, install airfield guidance.
* Illinois Valley Airport, Cave Junction, $2.05 million to reconstruct taxiway, rehabilitate apron, rehabilitate runway.
* Prineville Airport, $1.31 million to install airfield guidance signs and runway vertical/visual guidance system.