- In summer of 2018 the Port replaced old PAPI’s, REIL’s, runway edge lights and taxiway signs at the airport.
- The new lights will be low wattage LED’s lowering energy usage, maintenance and increase relialibility.
- The Port eliminated unnecessary signs and relocated them to the east side and a greater distance from the runway for safety.
- This $800,000 project was 90% FAA, 5% WSDOT and 5% Port funded.
The Master Plan Up Date in progress.
- The new updated master plan will be completed in 2018.
- The master plan is a requirement of the FAA and mostly funded by FAA AIP monies.
- The follow up to the master plan in 2019, will be the FAA required Environmental Assessment of future projects identified in the Master Plan.
Bayview Day Park
- Purchased by the Port in 2015, serving both visitors and local citizens…..enjoy!
- In 2017 Fred Fickenwirth donated labor to build a swing, the picnic table labor was donated by Laura Adams.
New Fly-In camping and Picnic Shelter
- The Port received an economic developement grant from the county to build a picnic shelter and install a fly-in camping area.
- This project was completed in summer 2017.
- Volunteers: Bruce Dunlop wrote grant and helped build the shelter, Kenn Aufderhar helped build the shelter and Dan Courier designed the shelter.
Hazardous Tree Removal:
- Many trees had been encroaching on aircraft landing at the airport mandating an obstruction removal project by the FAA.
- The commission started a major project in 2012 of purchasing property and removing trees at both ends of the airport.
- The trees were cleared in 2017 on the north end property purchased by the Port.
Solar Voltaic System Added to the Airport:
- In 2014 the Port installed a 25Kw photo voltaic system that is producing approximately half of the airports electrical needs, cutting electrical costs by 50%.
- This $82,000 investment has about a 12 year pay back depending on variables such as sunlight.
- By 2018, the system has produced 93,000 Kw hours electricity.
- The photo voltaic system will greatly save taxpayers over the life of the system as well as reducing the Port’s reliance on mainland power.
Reconstruction of the Taxi-way:
In the summer of 2011 the Port had a major AIP reconstruction project of the Taxi-way, connectors and apron.
- A $2.4 million dollar project, FAA funded 90%, WSDOT 5% and Port of Lopez 5%.
- The project required multiple runway closures
Islands’ First Cell Tower