January 27, 2022

Project Update: Richland Airport (RLD) Electrical Replacement Project

Richland, Wash. – The Richland Airport has successfully obtained a $3,156,583 100% grant, from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to replace the entire runway and taxiway electrical system at the Richland Airport.  We want to keep you informed of this project and how it might affect your use of the Richland Airport during construction.

Scope of Work
  • Replace existing runway and taxiway edge lighting fixtures and system.
  • Replace existing Airport guidance signs.
  • Replace existing Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) units at Runway 1, Runway 19, and Runway 8.
  • Install emergency generator for lighting system.

What doesn’t it do?
The project will “not” replace the FAA controlled lights on the runways, although they may be turned off temporarily during construction.  This FAA equipment includes the Visual Approach Slope Indicator (VASI) lights on Runway 26, the Medium Intensity Approach Lights (MALS) on Runway 19, the threshold light bar, the Omnidirectional Approach Lights (ODALS) on Runway 8,m and any of the precision approach equipment.

The project construction is proposed to occur in July – October 2022, weather and supply chain dependent.  Until the project contractor is selected by competitive bid, we will not have a detailed date specific schedule.  However, since this work requires work adjacent to active runways and taxiways, runway closures will occur.

Approximate Dates (Proposed)

Construction – Proposed for July – October 2022
Runway 8-26 closed July – August 2022
Both 8-26 and 1-19 runway closures – September 6-24, 2022
Runway 1-19 closed mid-September until the end of October 2022

During the runway intersection closure, we will attempt to have a short temporary displaced threshold on the south end of Runway 1-19.

How do I stay informed?

Visit the Project website.

Click here to send an email to the project group.

Sign up for our eNews and select Aviation, we will be sending out regular emails with the construction updates and schedule.

Notices of the project construction will include signage at the airport, direct mailings, newspaper advertisements and flyers at the airport.

If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact the project email or call the Port at 509-375-3060

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