Roseburg and North Bend airports to get $1.2M for improvements

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley
have announced $1.2 million combined from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
will go to Roseburg Regional Airport and Southwest Oregon Regional Airport for
improvements and expansions.

“Oregonians and small businesses in rural parts of the state
count on reliable air service and modern infrastructure to send their products
and generate local jobs,” Wyden said. “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law I am
proud to have supported helps small airports like the ones in North Bend and
Roseburg maintain and expand their infrastructure in order to support Oregon’s
economic growth in a global market.”

In a joint statement, the senators announced that Southwest
Oregon Regional Airport
 in North Bend will receive more that $1
million for a project that updates the existing northwest apron pavement that
has reached the end of its useful life and adds another southwest apron to
accommodate increased local use.

“The Southwest Oregon Regional Airport is eager to put these
funds to use toward a new aircraft apron that will accommodate the increase in
airport users that the Oregon Coast is experiencing. Additionally this will
provide a connectivity to our soon to be constructed, intermodal Air Cargo
Facility,” said Theresa Cook, Executive Director of Coos County Airport

Regional Airport
 will receive $200,000 to reconfigure its Taxiway A to
meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) design standards.

“We are so appreciative of this grant for making the design
possible and thank the Oregon delegation and FAA for making this safety
improvement a reality,” said Roseburg City Manager Nikki Messenger. “We have
been looking forward to extending the taxiway to match the runway length for
over a decade and this will help us make that happen.”