Lacombe Regional Airport awarded infrastructure grant

By rdnewsNOW staff
July 12, 2018 - 6:48am

LACOMBE- The City of Lacombe has received grant funding to install new solar powered runway lighting at the Lacombe Regional Airport.

The Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP) operates under the jurisdiction of the Government of Alberta’s transportation portfolio and has approved a maximum of $175,436 for the project.   

The existing taxiway lighting is original to the airport and has been maintained and retrofitted over time.

A lack of parts, in combination with the availability of newer technology, deemed the lighting system to be at the end of its useful life.

Installation of a new solar lighting system will ensure continued use of the airport, including nighttime flying, and will reduce operational costs associated with electricity.

The STIP grant provides for a maximum of 75% of project costs.

In this case, estimated project costs total $233,914.

Based on this, STIP will provide $175,436 toward the project.

The City of Lacombe will put $29,240 toward the project, Lacombe County's share is $14,620, and Lacombe Flying Club's $14,620 will make up the balance of the project costs.  

“Successful application for grant funds defrays cost burden to property tax revenues but also allows for the faster completion of necessary capital projects”, said Jon From, Lacombe Flying Club President.

City of Lacombe Mayor Grant Creasey says, “This project also demonstrates the benefit and viability of partners sharing the efforts required to maintain regional services.”

Lacombe County Reeve Paula Law states, “The funding will allow for the proactive replacement of this equipment and will ensure the Lacombe Regional Airport stays viable for years to come.”

The Lacombe Regional Airport has been in operation since 1962. 

(Gary McKinnon)

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