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Federal grant will help rebuild runway at Creswell’s airport

City of Creswell

A new federal grant will help the city of Creswell rebuild the runway at its airport.


The Federal Aviation Administration is sending $3.3 million to Creswell. The bulk of that will go towards rehabilitating the airport’s runway, which the city says is 34 years old.  The FAA grant will also help pay for new runway lights and guidance signs. 

The city calls the airport, officially known as Hobby Field, one of the busiest general aviation airfields in the state. It averaged about 100 takeoffs or landings a day in 2019, according to the aviation website airnav.com. The Creswell airport is also home to a commercial skydiving center. 

The grant was announced by US Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley. Wyden said in a press release that community airports like Creswell’s help create jobs by supporting recreation as well as providing aircraft maintenance and flight instruction.


Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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