By Don Iler • News Editor • 

City lands ODOT grant for runway

The $4.5 million project calls for the repaving of the runway, already beyond its recommended life span, and updating of airport lighting. The Federal Aviation Administration has agreed to contributed $3.75 million, subject to the city raising the rest.

The runway was last repaved in 1992, making its restoration a high priority for both the FAA and the city.

City Engineer Mike Bisset said landing the Connect Oregon grant allows the city to improve the airport at little or no out-of-pocket cost. He said the city submitted its application last year and was expecting approval this round.

The Oregon Transportation Commission approved more than $40 million in Connect Oregon grants for 36 projects throughout the state.

The commission rejected only one application, a $2 million request from Port of St. Helens to upgrade port facilities to accommodate coal exports. The vote was 3-2.

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