Tue, Sep 20, 2011
Most Recent Grant Is For $8.2 Million For Improvements To
Snohomish County in Washington State has received an $8.2
million federal grant for repair work at the county’s Paine
Field Airport. With approval Friday by County Executive Aaron
Reardon and the County Council, the federal Airport Improvement
Grant from the FAA will be used to repair the paved shoulders along
the main runway by installing edge drains, repaving the shoulders,
and installing a new electrical duct bank system.
The existing electrical system is more than 50 years old, and
this work will bring the runway edge lighting and signage in line
with FAA standards. “Thousands of Snohomish County jobs
depend on keeping Paine Field’s main runway in top
shape,” said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon.
“It is a key part of this state’s aerospace
“This grant will allow critical upgrades and repairs to
our facilities at Paine Field, assuring it remains a world class
center for aviation and our aerospace industry,” said Dave
Somers, chair of the Snohomish County Council.
Runway 16R-34L is the main jet runway at Paine Field and is the
only runway that supports the large aircraft manufactured by Boeing
as well as aircraft refurbished at Aviation Technical Services
(ATS). County executives say the project is necessary in order to
meet FAA design standards and has been identified as a top priority
for the county airport.
Combined with $11 million received in 2009 from federal American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, the airport will nearly
complete an overhaul of the airport’s main runway and taxiway
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