FAA Shows the Money

Bid opening mid-August brought the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport the costs involved in acquiring a new Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) vehicle and the cost of building a combined ARFF station and snow control equipment building.  Today the FAA threw its support behind the two projects by awarding grants to cover approximately 93.75 percent of the project cost.

The first grant was written for $598,275 to help pay for $609,178 worth of OshKosh fire truck, airport capital funds covering the remaining $10,903.  Delivery of the 62,000 pound vehicle isn’t anticipated for over a year, the time needed to manufacture airport fire trucks which are built nearly one-at-a-time.

“All things considered, that’s a good margin,” said Stephanie Morgan, Airport Manager, “because constructing the building to house the new equipment will take about a year, also.”

Then in a one-two punch, FAA awarded the airport this morning another $4.4 million to build the airport operations building (AOB).  When complete, the AOB will have equipment bays for two fire trucks, two large pieces of snow control equipment, miscellaneous equipment storage and shop space, plus room for some of the airport’s administrative function.  Plans are—once the truck arrives—to keep the older vehicle as a back up to the new.

Gino Construction of Coeur d’Alene was the apparent responsive low bidder, though the engineer and attorney are reviewing the bids and process to make sure everything conforms with Idaho law.

The Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport provides quick, cost-effective, convenient air service for North Central Idaho, Southeastern Washington, and Northeastern Oregon.  Daily flights are available to Seattle, Boise, and Salt Lake City with connections anywhere in the world.