Airport lands $12-million grant from FAA

Money to help Paine Field complete infrastructure projects over 2 years
By Nicholas Johnson | Jul 26, 2017

Millions of dollars from the Federal Aviation Administration will allow Paine Field airport to relocate a taxiway, improve runway safety and ensure runoff is clean before entering Puget Sound.

The FAA announced Monday, July 24, that the Snohomish County airport would receive a $12-million grant as part of the agency’s Airport Improvement Program, which funds airport infrastructure projects such as runways, taxiways, airport signage, lighting and markings.

Aside from helping to maintain aviation infrastructure, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the program also supports safety, capacity, security and environmental improvements.

“Paine Field will now have a much improved water treatment system, making the water that ends up in Puget Sound that much cleaner,” Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers said.

Beginning in August, the grant will allow the airport to complete $17 million worth of projects over two years, including construction of a water treatment facility and detention pond; reconstruction of taxiway bravo; and reconstruction of the north ramp taxilane.

“Great things are happening at Paine Field, and we’re continuing to work hard to give our job creators the infrastructure they need,” Somers said.

Somers thanked Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, as well as U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, for their support of the county’s grant application.

“In Washington state, transportation means jobs, and the resources announced today will help boost the economic driver that is Paine Field,” said Larsen, the top-Ranking Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Aviation.

Paine Field’s is one of 85 grants awarded to airports in 35 states, amounting to a total $169.3 million nationwide. Paine Field’s grant is considered discretionary funding, which is on top money airports are entitled to each year. Of the 25 airports to receive that funding, Paine Field received the most.

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