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Congressman Peter DeFazio

Representing the 4th District of OREGON

Rep. Peter DeFazio Announces More Than $11 Million in Grants for Airport Improvements

Jul 31, 2018
Press Release

Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) today announced more than $11 million in Department of Transportation (DOT) grants for airport improvements in Albany, Corvallis, Eugene, Gold Beach, and North Bend.

“These funds will allow for critical safety improvements to be made to our local airports,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio. “It’s imperative that we fund upgrades to Oregon’s airports in order to ensure continued access to air service, which will in turn lead to increased economic development.”

A total of $2.5 million in DOT grants will go to the Eugene Airport for safety improvements, including replacement of an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle, and acquisition of new snow removal equipment.

The Corvallis Municipal Airport will receive nearly $8 million in funding to rehabilitate more than half a mile of runway lighting systems to enhance airfield operations during low-visibility conditions, and reconstruct runway and taxiway pavement that has reached the end of its useful life.

The Gold Beach Airport will receive $230,000 in funding to install a new precision approach path indicator and an airport rotating beacon, making nighttime landings at the airport safer.

More than $760,000 will fund improvements to airfield lighting systems and an environmental study evaluating any potential environmental impacts of runway safety improvements at the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport in North Bend.

The Albany Municipal Airport will receive $950,000 in order to rehabilitate the pavement on the airport’s runway.

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