Tester Secures $4,414,050 for Sidney-Richland Regional Airport

Funding will be used to install airfield guidance signs, runway vertical/visual guidance system

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that he secured $4,414,050 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Grant funds for the Sidney-Richland Regional Airport to install airfield guidance signs and a runway vertical/visual guidance system.

“Airports are essential infrastructure in Montana that help create jobs and keep families connected across our state,” said Tester. “I’m proud to have secured these investments that will modernize and upgrade multiple brick-and-mortar projects at the Sidney-Richland Regional Airport, which will help expand operations at the facility and grow the economy for folks in Richland County.”

These resources secured by Tester will go toward the following projects:

  • Installing replacement Runway 11/29 precision approach path indicators to make the airport more accessible by improving approaches to the runway ends.
  • Reconstructing 250 feet of the existing Taxiway D pavement that has reached the end of its useful life.
  • Rehabilitating 4,024 feet of Runway 11/29 to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement and to minimize foreign object debris.
  • Rehabilitating the existing Runway 11/29 lighting system that has reached the end of its useful life and requires rehabilitation to enhance safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions.
  • Installing replacement airfield guidance sign fixtures to meet current Federal Aviation Administration design standards to enhance visual guidance of aircraft.

Tester recently secured $13,602,102 in Department of Transportation funding for 19 Montana airports and he secured $28,610,817 in FAA Fiscal Year 2022 funding for 69 Montana airports as part of his bipartisan infrastructure package for repairs and upgrades. The funding is a part of approximately $144 million secured by Tester that will be awarded over five years to Montana airports through the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program, which can be used to construct or repair runways and taxiways as well as make terminal and gate improvements.

More information can be found HERE.