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Minden-Tahoe Airport receives $642,188 grant

by Kurt Hildebrand

A new 2,700-foot taxiway will be a major step in moving glider operations to the eastern side of Minden-Tahoe Airport.

A $642,188 infrastructure improvement grant will help fund the airport’s five-year plan, according to Airport Operations Supervisor Chris Johnson.

“One of the biggest goals is developing the east side and moving glider traffic over there,” he said. “Having everyone on the west side means gliders are towed to east side, or ground crews are coming back. Those are runway crossings, and the fewer crossings, the safer the airport.”

The plan to move soaring to the east side to offer it a more permanent location has been in the works for decades.

Johnson said the taxiway will be designed this year with construction set for next year.

The money will also go to rehabilitate the runways, which will begin in a few weeks.

“We’ve been working diligently to maintain the asphalt,” he said. “It is one of the largest costs at the airport, and the longer we wait, the more expensive it is to fix.”

The work is funded through federal grants that are matched from airport revenue, which comes from hangar and tie-down rentals among other things.

One of the most recent projects on the airport is completion of a fence around it. Johnson said there is still a section of fence to construct near the north end of the airport where Bliss Road cuts into the runway protection zone.

Workers will relocate the small curve in the road and put up the fence at the same time.