Pilots will have access to an updated tie-down area after Methow Valley State Airport gets its long-awaited apron layout expansion, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced.
Work starts May 28 with plans for new spaces to open after approximately 30 days, WSDOT said.
Visiting pilots will not encounter any delays or runway closures while using the airport during the construction. However, pilots should still regularly check Notices to Airmen, the WSDOT press release advised.
The update will also expand the airport’s apron into compliance with Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) design standards, WSDOT said. The project adds seven more parking positions for smaller aircraft. Some of the new tie-downs will better accommodate aircraft with wingspans in the typical range of 30–38 feet.
The $1.26 million contract was awarded to Wenatchee general contractor Selland Construction.
The project was originally intended to be included as part of last year’s pavement rehabilitation work, but due to availability and timing of federal funding, the apron expansion was re-bid in fall 2018 for construction this year.
Construction costs are split between the FAA Airport Improvement Program (90%) and WSDOT/Aviation (10%).
Methow Valley State Airport in Winthrop is the largest of 16 WSDOT-managed airports, serving commercial aircraft that weigh up to 30,000 pounds. The airport also supports Washington’s smokejumper base, medical evacuation flights, wildland firefighting staging and more. For more information, contact WSDOT Aviation Airport Manager Paul Wolf at (360) 618-2477 or email email@example.com.