In a press release from U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced a $9.9 million dollar upgrade spiff for the Grant County International Airport.

These federal funds will be used for runway and runway lighting reconstruction, to ensure the Airport stays in compliance with FAA regulations. The runway lights on the main runway are currently too far from the strip.

Grant County International Airport Director Rich Mueller said, “It’s about correcting the line-of-sight issue on the main runway. A plane at each end of the runway should be able to see each other for safety reasons, but there’s a hump on the main runway.”

Groundbreaking for the runway project is set for the first of the year with completion expected in early June 2020. The lighting issues will be corrected this fall. Ninety percent of this project will be paid for with federal funds.

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The Grant County International Airport supports both military and commercial missions, providing critical air traffic control and serving as a test flight location.

It is one of the largest airfields in the United States, capable of accepting the largest aircraft in the world.. The Port of Moses Lake touts the airport as keeping and preserving our military readiness and promoting local economic activity.

It has capacity to accommodate much more given its five runways and onsite FAA control tower for commercial, military, and general aviation use.