Lewiston, ID – September 5, 2017 -Following up on a bid opening mid-December 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) yesterday delivered to the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport a blue-light special-a grant worth $1.7 million to add taxiway lights to the airfield’s infrastructure.
The Airport Authority Board awarded the million-dollar installation contract to Johnson Electric, a Lewiston firm. Lights along the taxiways serving runway 26-08 are expected to be under construction early spring, while those associated with runway 12-30 will be done when that runway is under construction later in 2019.
“The taxiway lighting system is a huge safety enhancement for commercial and general aviation users,” said Stephanie Morgan, Airport Manager, “and it’s designed with state-of-the art LED technology.”
Part of the Airport’s master plan, the $1.8 million project not only replaces the blue reflectors that have been the staple visual aid since the 1940s, the project will also relocate and replace the vintage windsock, segmented circle, and traffic pattern indicators.
“A spin-off benefit is that we save the vintage tetrahedron, a locally favored wind indicator that dates back to the late 1940s,” said Morgan.
By throwing its support behind the project, FAA will cover approximately 93.75 percent of the project cost. T-O Engineers will oversee construction and finish engineering to expand the system to cover the entire airfield.
The Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport provides quick, cost-effective, convenient air service for North Central Idaho, Southeastern Washington, and Northeastern Oregon with daily non-stop flights Salt Lake City with connections anywhere in the world.
Contact: Stephanie Morgan
Tel.: (208) 746-1142