Airport infrastructure gets a boost

The project got underway in August at the Chilliwack Airport and is now substantially completed

All local airport users

All local airport users

To date there’s been “substantial” completion of an airport runway upgrading project at Chilliwack Airport.

A culvert south of the runway was recently extended to include a ditch, meeting requirements for an “obstacle clear” strip width.

“I’m happy to see these improvements made at the Chilliwack Airport as it continues to support the growth of our local and provincial economies,” said Chilliwack MLA John Martin.

The runway culvert work was thanks to a grant of $315,584 from Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

As part of the same upgrading project, a corroded metal culvert was “rehabilitated.”

While the airport’s lease has transferred ongoing airport operations to Magnum Management, the city remains responsible for large capital improvements, such as culvert extensions and upgrades.

“Thanks to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s BC Air Access Program, we were able to extend a culvert and upgrade aging infrastructure at the Chilliwack Airport to ensure its continued use and enjoyment,” said Mayor Sharon Gaetz.

The project got underway in August and is now substantially completed, said a news release.

The total cost is estimated at $420,779, with the city chipping in the balance for the runway project.

The funds came from the new B.C. Air Access Program in August, supporting regional airports across the province.