U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced today that more than a dozen airports throughout Oregon will receive federal grants for improvements that include better preparation for winter weather, runway repairs, improved guidance systems, perimeter fencing and more. One $350,000 grant has been awarded to the Oregon Department of Aviation for Siletz Bay State Airport to reconstruct runway lighting and runway rehabilitation.
“Oregonians living and working in communities large and small need safe and modern airport services for commerce that supports local jobs as well as for quality-of-life,” Wyden said. “The importance of federal investments in infrastructure like these local airports is especially crucial when Oregon small businesses and families are working hard to weather the economic fallout from this public health crisis.”
“Airports play a critical role in keeping our communities connected, and make the shipping and receiving of all kinds of essential goods and products—including vaccines—possible, creating jobs and helping Oregonians stay healthy,” said Merkley. “I’m grateful for this funding, which will help us make our airports more efficient and better prepared when the weather throws us a curveball. I will continue to do all that I can to secure similar investments for infrastructure projects throughout Oregon to support the health, economies, and overall well-being of our communities.”