Lacombe Regional Airport lands $175,000 grant

Airport wants to move up a taxiway project from 2022 to this year

Lacombe Regional Airport plans to move up in its schedule a planned runway project.

A $233,000 solar taxiway and runway lighting project had been pencilled in for 2022.

However, the airport recently landed a provincial government grant covering up to 75 per cent — $175,400 — of the costs. The money comes with the condition the project is completed in 2018.

Airport operators Lacombe Flying Club have advanced their 25 per cent share of the costs.

Lacombe County agreed on Tuesday to provide $14,600 — its 25 per cent share of the uncovered project costs. The Flying Club is also contributing 25 per cent and City of Lacombe’s share is 50 per cent, about $29,000.

Lacombe city council voted to provide up to $40,000 for the project to provide some room in case costs increase, which is not expected.

The project is important to the airport because the existing lighting is in need of replacement. Maintenance is difficult because it is hard to find replacement parts for the aging system.

The airport already had a project planned this year worth about $130,000 to build a new north taxiway. That project would create a new paved taxiway to connect to future hangars.

News tips

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Olympic ski run designer creates upgrades at Canyon Ski Resort

Jeff Ihaksi says free-style and alpine ski venues are Canada Winter Games-worthy

Updated: Collision expert backs version of crash of driver accused of manslaughter

Daniel Newsham accused of manslaughter in fatal 2016 collision

Red Deer artist highlights the dinosaur connection of Alberta birds

Jeff Powers is fascinated by winged creatures

Murder charges laid against woman from the Sunchild First Nation

The 25-year-old female victim was found dead on Dec. 12

WATCH: CP Holiday Train rolls into Lacombe

Kelly Prescott performed for hundreds of Central Albertans

Fashion Fridays: How to change your beauty routine

Kim XO, lets you in on her style secrets each Fashion Friday on the Black Press Media Network

WHL’s Thunderbirds, Silvertips open to NHL joining Seattle hockey market

TORONTO — The Seattle area’s major junior hockey teams aren’t worried about… Continue reading

Canadian freestyle skier Karker excited for Dew Tour’s modified superpipe

Rachael Karker has a renewed sense of confidence heading into her second… Continue reading

CBS settled with Dushku over ‘Bull’ star’s sexual comments

LOS ANGELES — CBS reached a $9.5 million confidential settlement last year… Continue reading

Kanye reignites Drake feud on Twitter, alleges threats

LOS ANGELES — Kanye West is not sending Christmas cheer to Drake.… Continue reading

Councillors in Toronto, Ottawa vote to allow retail cannabis stores

TORONTO — Councillors in Toronto have voted to allow retail pot shops… Continue reading

Barry Cooper: Separation has become a real possibility, thanks to Ottawa’s abuses

In the past couple of weeks, a retired senior oil executive, Gwyn… Continue reading

Most Read