By Vicki Hillhouse, June 3, 2015, Walla Walla Union Bulletin
The first piece of a major taxiway rehabilitation at the Walla Walla Regional Airport is financially set for takeoff with a $1 million grant announced Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The announcement was lauded by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.: “These investments are great news for Washington state families, small business owners, and communities who depend on safe, reliable airports to connect our cities,” Murray said in a prepared statement. “As air traffic continues to increase, it is critical that we continue to invest in infrastructure in Washington state and across the nation.”
Port of Walla Walla Executive Director Jim Kuntz said the money will be used to start the design process for the rehabilitation of Taxiway A.
“This will be a significant capital project for the airport during the next few years,” he said.
The project will completely rebuild the main taxiway system of about 6,800 feet. Early cost estimates for the whole project are around $8 million.
The federal allocation will also help with construction of a 7,040-foot perimeter fence to keep out unauthorized visitors and vehicles from the airfield during the process.