May 04, 2023

Wyden, Merkley: Rogue Valley International Airport Earns Federal Investment of More than $800,000

FAA Airport Infrastructure Grant Program funds for southern Oregon airport will rebuild air traffic control tower

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Rogue Valley International Airport has earned more than $800,000 in federal funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to rebuild its contract tower.

“Safe air travel for residents of southern Oregon and visitors to the region requires regular infrastructure investments just like this one,” Wyden said. “I’m glad the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that I worked to pass is paying immediate dividends for the Rogue Valley International Airport, and I’ll keep battling to secure similar resources for this airport in southern Oregon and airports across our state.”

“Airports provide critical infrastructure that connect rural and urban businesses, travelers, and industries with hubs in Oregon and across the nation,” said Senator Merkley. “This funding for Rogue Valley International will help to ensure this vital regional hub is able to continue providing safe, reliable services and keep Southern Oregon and rural communities connected.” 

The $801,341 to Rogue Valley International for reconstruction of a contract tower is through the Federal Aviation Administration’s airport infrastructure grant program.

“The Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport is grateful for the tower grant program, and this grant award that will enable us to complete some much-needed upgrades to our control tower,” said airport director Amber Judd.  “Planned improvements include elevator replacement and an upgrade to our Airfield Lighting Control & Monitoring System. Moving from a manual switch control panel to a computer-based touchscreen control system.”