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Project Info

Tentative Upcoming Runway Closures:

  • None

Budget Information

Work completed Fall 2011:

  • Foundations for signs, Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI), and rotating beacon 
  • Electrical building
  • Segmented circle and lighted windcone to be staked and graded
  • Runway 13 safety area grading
  • Base cans, conduit, and counterpoise for taxiway edge lighting
  • Fencing (non-frangible sections)

Work completed Spring 2012:

    • Runway edge lighting installation
    • Runway pavement markings
    • Sign installation
    • Runway 13 PAPI installation
    • Beacon installation
    • Lighted windcone installation
    • Fencing (frangible sections)

    Methow Valley State Airport – 2011/2012 Airport Improvements Project

    project status: construction
    Methow Valley State Airport
    Methow Valley State Airport 

    Electrical Service Building Electrical Service Building

    Lighted Windcone and Segmented Circle
    Lighted Windcone and Segmented Circle


    February 2013

    • Read the Methow Valley Airport beacon Visual Report (pdf 1400 kb)
    • Read the Modification to Standards request
    • WSDOT has temporarily turned off the rotating beacon at Methow.
    • Check out the Most Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Methow rotating beacon.
    • Crews tested the rotating navigational beacon at the Methow Valley State Airport 6:00-8:30 p.m. nightly Nov. 5-7.
    • Runway open - *NEW* displaced thresholds and declared distances:
      • Runway 13 - Threshold displaced 130'
      • Runway 13 - TORA-5049'     TODA-5049'     ASDA-4749'     LDA-4619'
      • Runway 31 - Threshold displaced 300'
      • Runway 31 - TORA-5049' TODA-5049' ASDA-4919' LDA-4619'
    •  WSDOT Aviation, project engineer, and contractor conducted a walk through of the project on Oct. 17. The contractor is addressing punch list items identified to complete the project.

    The recently completed Methow Valley State Airport Layout Plan (ALP) laid the groundwork for identifying future safety improvements at the airport. The 2011 Methow Valley State Airport Improvements Project includes airport lighting improvements, obstruction surveying, obstruction removal, perimeter fencing, and runway safety area grading.

    Why is WSDOT making these improvements?
    The Methow ALP identified the need for several safety improvements. Methow's runway 13/31 currently has a deteriorating low voltage runway edge lighting system, and non standard, un-lighted guidance and distance to go signs. The existing runway lighting system is activated by a photo sensor and/or pilot control, both of which are non operational.  Because of this, the lights have to be left on 24 hours a day on a low intensity setting. This project will replace the lighting system with an updated, energy efficient system. Additionally, new directional signs will replace the worn and outdated signs.

    The south and southeast end of the airport, parallel to Evans Road, is lined with large concrete barriers that create an airspace obstruction. This project will replace the concrete barriers with fencing constructed with frangible couplings. This material is designed to break away in the event of a crash to minimize damage to aircraft. The project will also replace damaged and dilapidated fencing on the airport's perimeter with new fencing and gates.

    Also, to improve safety on Evans Road, crews will install traffic warning signals or signs on the road. This will increase driver awareness of runway operations and low flying aircraft.

    The project will also construct navigational aids enhancing the safety of aircraft landing at the airport including:

    • 2-Box Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) for the Runway 13 approach.
    • Rotating beacon.
    • Lighted windcone and segmented circle.

    The End Result
    This project will result in a safer facility at the Methow Valley State Airport. 

    Project Benefits

    • Safety - This project will replace aging navigational aids and address runway safety area issues to improve safety at the airport.
    • Environment - The installation of new regulators and pilot/radio controls will allow the runway lights to be operated only as needed by aircraft, reducing energy consumption and minimizing impact to airport neighbors and the community.

    What is the project timeline?

    • June 2010 to June 2011 - Design engineering and environmental review
    • May 2011 - Project information meeting held in Winthrop, Washington
    • June 2011 - Advertise project for bids
    • July 2011 - Bid opening
    • September 2011 - WSDOT receives FAA grant funding 95 percent of the total project costs
    • October 17, 2011 - Construction scheduled to begin
    • November 23, 2011 - Phase I construction to be complete
    • May 7, 2012 - Phase II construction to resume
    • July 16, 2012 - Phase II construction to be complete

    Financial Information

    Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.

    This project is funded through the following sources:

    • Federal Aviation Administration - $1,038,303
    • WSDOT Aviation (Aeronautics Fund) - $54,648
    • Total Funding Available From All Sources - $1,092,950

    How can I get more information?
    Eric Johnson, Construction and Grants Program Manager
    WSDOT Aviation
    Phone:  (360) 651-6303


    Matt Rogers, Project Engineer
    Century West Engineering
    Phone:  (541) 322-8962

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