$45,000 for Grand Forks Airport

By Contributor
August 8th, 2015

The B.C. Government is investing $45,000 in beacon site upgrades at Grand Forks Airport as part of B.C. on the Move, the province’s new 10-year transportation plan.

The funding, awarded through the new B.C. Air Access Program, will be used to replace solar-powered, remote standard beacons and regular-powered beacon sites with LED-powered beacons.

“Improving and upgrading infrastructure at B.C.’s airports is critical to our economy by facilitating trade, travel and tourism,” Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson said. “This investment in Grand Forks Municipal Airport will provide a boost for the city, the region and its residents.”

“The City of Grand Forks is pleased to be the recipient of $45,000 through the B.C. Air Access Program and would like to thank the province and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for selecting Grand Forks as a recipient of the funding,” Grand Forks Mayor Frank Konrad said. “These dollars will be put to good use for the replacement of the Grand Forks Airport beacon site lighting. The current system, which has regular powered lighting, will be replaced with LED lighting, making them more energy efficient and cost effective.”

Through the B.C. Air Access Program, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure cost shares with public airports on projects such as lighting and navigational systems, terminal building expansion or upgrades, and runway improvements. These types of projects allow airports to improve safety and accommodate larger aircraft and more frequent flights, supporting the continued growth of local and provincial economies. The program also encourages funding partnerships with the federal government, local and regional governments and agencies, and the private sector.

This year’s B.C. Air Access Program funding allocation is $6 million.

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