WALLA WALLA, Washington – Improvements to the taxiway at Walla Walla Regional Airport have been completed. Airport Manager Jennifer Skoglund said the construction project took two years to finish at a cost of $14 million. About 91 percent of the money came from the Federal Aviation Administration. The rest came from the Washington Department of Transportation Aviation Department and the Port of Walla Walla.
“We figure our runway is over 6,500 feet, so what we replaced was a parallel taxiway,” Skoglund said. “The same length with some connectors, so lots of linear feet and went down about two feet. It was a complete reconstruction of 1942 Portland cement concrete.”
Skoglund said the concrete was durable, but after more than 70 years ago, it was time to replace the it. That, in turn, brings the airport into compliance with FAA regulations regarding new design and weight standards for aircraft.
The taxiway also received new LED lighting and markings, which Skoglund said makes everything safer. Skoglund said the new taxiway does allow for larger aircraft as identified in the airport’s master plan as the port wants to build for the future.
As for the runway, Skoglund said crews will be working this summer doing fog seal and restriping projects.
“The fog seal, kind of like a seal coat, gets everything sealed and keep the aggregate together,” she said. “We’re looking at that probably sometime in August, and that work will be done at night.”