Senators announce $7.5 million for Oregon airports

A biplane approaches the Siletz Bay State Airport in June 2018. The airport has been selected as one of 29 in Oregon to receive federal grant funding for improvement projects this year. (File photo)

GLENEDEN BEACH — Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced Thursday that more than $7.5 million in federal grants had been allocated to aid airports across Oregon in funding installation, rehabilitation and reconstruction projects to modernize facilities and improve safety.

“Airports across our state play a critical role in connecting Oregonians with economic opportunities and critical resources,” Merkley said. “I’m going to keep using my position on the Senate Appropriations Committee to secure investments that make our airports safer, our economy stronger, and our communities more connected for generations to come.”

The U.S. Department of Transportation Airport Improvement Program grants will fund runway rehabilitation and taxiway reconstruction projects, as well as taxiway lighting and signage. It will also support environmental studies, terminal improvements, and making airports more resilient to winter storms.

One of the 29 Oregon airports receiving grant funding is located in Lincoln County: the Siletz Bay State Airport in Gleneden Beach has been awarded $173,473 to improve airport drainage as well as to rehabilitate the runway and taxiway.

“Airports throughout Oregon generate good jobs in every part of our state and provide essential links for both passenger travel and lifesaving services,” Wyden said. “These new resources make important infrastructure investments that allow these airports to build on their regions’ economic strengths, and I am proud to have teamed up with local officials to earn these vital transportation grants.”

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