The Hillsboro Airport will use the money from the Federal Transportation Department for a runway reconstruction.

FILE PHOTO - The Hillsboro Airport will recieve the largest portion of $14.3 million in federal funding that will go toward five Oregon airports. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced recently that the Hillsboro Airport will be receiving $12.3 million in federal grants for facility improvements and aviation training.

The Hillsboro Airport will receive the largest portion of the total $14.3 million in funding from the Federal Transportation Department that will go toward five airports in Oregon. The other airports are the Albany Municipal Airport, Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport, Bend Municipal Airport and Grants Pass Airport.

"Quality of life throughout Oregon requires secure and reliable movement of products and the people who transport those goods," Wyden said. "These transportation resources will help to provide much-needed safety and dependability improvements for airports serving Oregonians living and working in and around Hillsboro, Albany, Klamath Falls, Bend and Grants Pass."

"We tremendously appreciate this federal funding for the needed reconstruction of our Hillsboro Airport runway beginning next summer," said Steve Nagy, general aviation senior manager for Port of Portland. "The improvements will not expand the capacities of Hillsboro Airport, but will reconstruct the runway so as to continue smooth operations as the airport continues to serve the Hillsboro community."

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