U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today that more than a dozen airports throughout Oregon – including in Morrow County – will receive about $10.3 million in federal grants for improvements that include better preparation for winter weather, runway repairs, improved guidance systems, perimeter fencing and more.
“Oregonians living and working in communities large and small need safe and modern airport services for commerce that supports local jobs as well as for quality-of-life,” Wyden said. “The importance of federal investments in infrastructure like these local airports is especially crucial when Oregon small businesses and families are working hard to weather the economic fallout from this public health crisis.”
Morrow County will receive $452,000 for the Lexington Airport to install a runway vertical/visual guidance system, and to seal apron pavement surfaces and pavement joints.
“Airports play a critical role in keeping our communities connected and make the shipping and receiving of all kinds of essential goods and products — including vaccines — possible, creating jobs and helping Oregonians stay healthy,” said Merkley. “I’m grateful for this funding, which will help us make our airports more efficient and better prepared when the weather throws us a curveball. I will continue to do all that I can to secure similar investments for infrastructure projects throughout Oregon to support the health, economies, and overall well-being of our communities.”