Medford Airport Receives Nearly $1 Million in Grants for Improvements

Medford Airport Receives Nearly $1 Million in Grants for Improvements

The Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport will be getting a major face-lift thanks to a grant from the federal government.


By:  Jamie Parfitt

MEDFORD, Ore. — Southern Oregon's primary airport will receive almost $1 million in grants from the federal government for a number of improvements, the Jackson County Airport Authority said in a statement on Thursday.

The Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR) was awarded $937,500 through the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program in order to update the airport's "Master Plan."

"AIP Grants fund planning, design, environmental and engineering projects, such as runways, taxiways, aprons, and terminal improvements," the Airport Authority said. "The construction and equipment supported by this funding increases the airports' safety, capacity and related issues."

Airport officials thanked Senator Merkley, Senator Wyden and Representative Walden for their advocacy on the topic.

However, the grant for MFR is not the largest one coming to Southern Oregon. The Crater Lake-Klamath Regional airport, which has been fighting for the return of passenger flights for several years, received more than $6.7 million in grants in order to replace the airport's wind cone, repair and upgrade taxiways, and repair taxiway lighting.