Federal funding fuels apron facelift and operations at Tillamook Airport | New
Several grant-funded airport projects are underway at the Port of Tillamook Bay, including two major projects focused on improving the port’s airport aprons. Tillamook Municipal Airport (KTMK) is a regional airport.
Michele Bradley, the port’s general manager, said the port has received grants from the Federal Aviation Administration for projects to improve three aprons, or paved areas, at Tillamook Municipal Airport. Additional funding from federal coronavirus relief packages will cover other updates, repairs and maintenance of key structures.
“Use at the Tillamook Municipal Airport includes traffic from light passenger and freight aircraft, military aircraft on training missions, local pilots, vintage military aircraft, helicopters emergency medicals, state police, ODFW helicopter investigations, private jets and use of the unmanned aerial system test field. . Most recently, it served as an air support base for the Highway 6 fire, ”Bradley said. “This funding allows us to keep the airport running smoothly for all who use it, as well as to envision future growth. “
The larger project will extend the aircraft parking area, or stowage, to the airport’s main apron. The port has been working on the $ 1.5 million project for about 3 years; the vast majority of this work was covered by grants from the FAA Airport Improvement Project List.
“Most airport improvement projects (AIP) are 90% funded by the federal government and require a local counterpart of 10%. However, the match for the construction of this project has been eliminated, so this last phase will be 100% funded by the FAA, ”Bradley said. “A portion of the local counterpart was received through the Oregon Department of Aviation’s Critical Oregon Airport Relief (COAR) grant, funded by an aviation fuel tax. In total, the port paid about $ 15,000 out of pocket for this $ 1.5 million project.
She expects construction to be completed at the end of October, depending on weather conditions.
Meanwhile, A2 (the UPS circle) and A3 (leased by the Near Space Corporation) aprons are getting a heavy coat of coating this year. The $ 2.7 million project is 100% funded through an FAA supplemental grant process, Bradley said.
“This will complete our latest project at Apron A2, which moved the airport security fence and added stowage spaces for planes, lighting, a door and a helicopter landing strip. In the end, the project was stalled due to rising asphalt prices, limited funding and weather conditions, so it had to split into another phase to wait for full pavement coating ”, Bradley said. “The rehabilitation project will also allow the port to upgrade the Apron A3 for our tenant, Near Space Corporation, which uses the area for TUTR – Tillamook UAS Test Range.”
Both projects received special FAA approval to use asphalt specifications from the Oregon Department of Transportation, instead of standard FAA specifications, because FAA specifications require a temperature for asphalt that can only be achieved by sourcing within a certain radius to comply, which is difficult with our rural situation.
Additional funding for airport subsidies includes:
• Funding of $ 30,000 for Coronavirus Relief and Economic Security Operations (CARES), which staff have requested to use for airport approach, navigation easement, and tree pruning.
• Funding of $ 32,000 from CARES and the Airport Rescue Grant Program (ARGP) for operations will be received in the next federal fiscal year, starting October 1, 2021.
• $ 13,000 in funding from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplementary Act funding for operations, which was used to repair the beacon at the airport.
• Funding of $ 40,000 for Oregon / Port business planning and marketing for a feasibility study and site plan for the airport business park expansion. The port is currently seeking funding for the environment and permits, as well as for the design and construction of buildings.
“There are a lot of projects going on at Tillamook Municipal Airport right now,” Bradley said. “We are delighted with their completion and look forward to future enhancements throughout Tillamook Bay Harbor. The Port Council has made the growth of the airport a priority in its strategic business plan.
The Port of Tillamook Bay covers approximately 1,600 acres, including a 200-acre industrial park, the Tillamook Municipal Airport, the Tillamook Air Museum and the more than 85 miles of rail right-of-way ending in Banks, Oregon. www.potb.org