A critical drainage project at the Port of Grays Harbor’s Bowerman Airport will prompt a full closure of the runway, main taxiway, fuel island and apron from July 8, 2019 through September 4, 2019, per the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 

The project will include the regrading of runway and taxiway shoulders, as well as the area between the runway and taxiway to move water away from those surfaces.  Much of the drainage infrastructure in that area will be removed and replaced with additional catch basins installed as needed, and existing outfalls will be cleaned and repaired as necessary.  After completion, the area will be seeded and returned to a grass-covered surface.  Edge lighting along the runway will be replaced and the segmented navigation circle repaired.  The improvements should dramatically reduce the frequency, amount, and duration of surface water at the airport.

“We apologize in advance for any inconvenience the closure may cause to our aviation community, both locally and beyond,” stated Business and Trade Development Assistant

Shannon Anderson. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during construction and we are confident the drainage project improvements will be a benefit for Bowerman Airport users for decades to come.” 

Work will be completed by local contractor Rognlin’s, Inc.  The project cost is $2,412,623.67, which will be shared by the FAA, Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation and the Port of Grays Harbor.  The project is the fourth of five phases since 2013 with the final phase of the project scheduled for 2023, which will combine drainage improvements with resurfacing of the aprons and taxiways around the hangars.

Founded in 1911, the Port of Grays Harbor is one of Washington State’s oldest port districts and Washington’s only deep-water port located directly on the Pacific Ocean.  The Port of Grays Harbor operates 4 deep-water marine terminals, the Westport Marina, Bowerman Airport, Grays Harbor ship assist services, numerous public waterfront access facilities, in addition to industrial and business parks throughout the County.  The addition of Satsop Business Park increased the Port’s properties to more than 1,000 acres of industrial properties and an additional 1,200 acres of sustainably managed forestland.   Strategically located midway between Seattle and Portland and less than 1 ½ hours from open sea, the Port of Grays Harbor provides businesses a diverse portfolio of facilities. More information on the Port of Grays Harbor’s facilities and operations is available at portofgraysharbor.com or satsop.com.