Lacombe Regional Airport awarded Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Grant

The STIP grant has approved a maximum of $175,436.00 for the project

The City of Lacombe is pleased to announce the approval of grant funds required to install new solar powered runway lighting at the Lacombe Regional Airport (LRA).

The Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP) operates under the jurisdiction of the Government of Alberta’s transportation portfolio and has approved a maximum of $175,436.00 for the project.

The LRA has been in operation since 1962 with the existing taxiway lighting being original to the property and has been properly and safely maintained and retrofitted over time. Remnant parts of similar systems have kept it operational.

A lack of parts, in combination with the availability of newer technology, deems this lighting system to be at the end of its useful life. Installation of a new solar lighting system will ensure continued use of the airport, including nighttime flying, and will reduce operational costs associated with electricity.

The Airport Committee remains focused upon the renewal of LRA and increasing service levels using the most prudent fiscal management strategies possible.

“Successful application for grant funds defrays cost burden to property tax revenues but also allows for the faster completion of necessary capital projects”, said Jon From, Lacombe Flying Club President.

“The receipt of this grant facilitates the advancement of this project from 2022 to 2018 which reduces costs to local governments,” said City of Lacombe Mayor Grant Creasey, adding that the project aligns with Councils strategic objective to investigate and obtain additional revenue sources to assist with the ongoing stewardship of our infrastructure.

“This project also demonstrates the benefit and viability of partners sharing the efforts required to maintain regional services.”

“Lacombe County is committed to supporting the Lacombe Regional Airport and appreciate Alberta Transportation’s contribution to these upgrades,” said Lacombe County Reeve Paula Law. “The funding will allow for the proactive replacement of this equipment and will ensure the Lacombe Regional Airport stays viable for years to come.”

The STIP grant provides for a maximum of 75 per cent of project costs. In this case, estimated project costs total $233,914.00. Based on this, STIP grant funds provide $175,436.00. The City of Lacombe ($29,240.00) Lacombe County ($14,620.00) and Lacombe Flying Club ($14,620.00) will share the balance of project costs.

The City of Lacombe will publically release Request for Proposals (RFP) in the coming weeks.

Background Information

In 2015, City of Lacombe and Lacombe County commissioned a formal review of the local airport facility.

Review findings verified the value of the airport as a community facility that serves public, private and economic purposes. The report provided a number of recommendations aimed to preserve and enhance airport services for the region.

The review led to a formalized renewal of the partnership between the City of Lacombe, Lacombe County and Lacombe Flying Club and development of a joint oversight committee. The committee has successfully managed the planning for implementation of report recommendations, which includes the replacement of the runaway lighting.

Based on 10-year budgetary planning, the project was originally scheduled for completion in 2022.

-Submitted by the City of Lacombe

Just Posted

Generals take first-round series over Stony Plain

Win sets up second-round ACHW series with rival Innisfail

Let the Games begin!

Team Alberta takes home gold and silver in speed skating on day one

WATCH: Historic night in Red Deer as 2019 Canada Winter Games kicks off

Star-studded Opening Ceremony features athletes from across Canada

Game 3 shutout powers Lacombe Generals to 4-0 win over Eagles

Series returns to Stony Plain Saturday night for Game 4

Athletes’ medals unveiled at the official kick-off of 2019 Canada Winter Games

Medals depict Central Alberta landscape and pay tribute to First Nations

WATCH: Canada Games Torch Relay lights spark in Lacombe

100s brave blistering cold to support local torchbearers

Jason Kenney pledges education revamp if UCP wins power in Alberta

Kenney has said the full United Conservative platform will be rolled out during the campaign

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

‘Mitts don’t just warm hands. They warm hearts’: Mitts for Many Program launches

Donate new or lightly used mittens to bin in the Great Hall of the Gary W. Harris Centre

LOCATED: Innisfail RCMP looking for missing woman

Amanda Kucher was last seen at the Innisfail 7-Eleven on Feb. 15

Red Deer RCMP arrest man after vehicle theft from dealership

Police were able to disable the SUV with assistance from the built-in vehicle assistance system

Red Deer College transforms into Athletes’ Village

Red Deer College’s campus will be home for the athletes during the 2019 Canada Winter Games

Alberta minor hockey team, slammed for Indigenous dance video, forfeits season

Parents say season was too dangerous to finish because the team has been threatened

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Most Read