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Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced over $7.5 million in federal grants that will help Oregon airports fund 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. 

“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.”

The awards include:

- Columbia Gorge Regional Airport serving The Dalles: $1,625,000 to reconstruct the apron and taxiway;

- Roberts Field Airport in Redmond: $2,677,589 to construct a snow removal equipment building;

- Rogue Valley International Airport in Medford: $1,489,953 to improve the terminal building.

In addition, grants ranging from $83,000 to $360,000 were awarded to airports in Chiloquin, Cottage Grove, Gleneden Beach, Hood River, Independence, La Grande, Madras, Ontario, Prineville and Tillamook, amounting to more than $7.5 million for Oregon airports.

The Siletz Bay Airport, located in Gleneden Beach, was awarded a total of $173,473. The grant will be used to improve airport drainage, reconstruct the taxiway, rehabilitate the runway and rehabilitate the taxiway.

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