Colfax airport work continues
September 24, 2020
COLFAX—The “Flight Line Drive Realignment and Drainage Project” continues at Colfax Airport, to improve paved road accesses and drainage near the center of the airport.
The work will replace drainage pipes with smooth-walled pipes – as opposed to corrugated – adding new catch basins and “valley gutter” and improve drainage pipe evaluations.
“So the water will actually flow downhill like it’s supposed to,” said Debbie Snell, Port properties and development manager.
Valley gutter is set into concrete, to help drain water to the center of a road.
The contractor on the airport project is Motley & Motley, with Myakk Engineering of Spokane Valley. The estimated $700,000 project is funded 90% by the FAA and 10 percent by the Port of Whitman.
The Colfax airport’s center is its oldest section, with an original wooden hangar dating back to the 1940s.
Coming next for the airport, expected in 2022 is crack and asphalt fog seal, improved signal-lighting on the runway and a new ground-based beacon.