Work has commenced on improvements at the Lake County Airport funded by the ConnectOregon IV program, said Lake County Facilities Mgr. Dave Berman.
Included in the package of improvements is paving work for a new taxiway and a new hangar for WithRotor Aviation, Berman said.
Paving for a future taxiway site to the parking lots and paving for the future development of a second hangar structure is also slated as part of the work.
Berman noted that there are no immediate plans for a second hangar, but the paving work will be completed for when that time comes.
A 30,000-gallon pump well fed fire suppression tank was recently installed, while the paving work has not yet commenced. This tank is set up for on-site fire suppression needs, Berman said.
The underground tank also serves as a local water source for the Thomas Creek/Westside Fire Department.
Berman said that the latter has not yet occurred due to logistics related to transport of the asphalt materials and the cooling season, so the paving work will be delayed until this factor can be suitably addressed.
A few minor delays occurred in beginning work on the project, including a change in location for the fire suppression tank from the original plan, but overall Berman said that the project is proceeding relatively smoothly.
Bartels Construction of Powell Butte is leading up the project, funded by a ConnectOregon IV grant in the amount of $526,000, with a total project cost of $658,000.
According to the Oregon Department of Transportation’s web site, the ConnectOregon program is based on a lottery bond based initiative for investment in transportation infrastructure.
Qualifying projects may pertain to air, rail, marine, transit or bicycle/pedestrian systems.
Eligible projects receive up to 80 percent of funding for project costs on grants and a possible 100 percent funding on loans. A 20 percent match is a requirement for eligibility.