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Breaking Ground on Airport Operations Building

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A project three years in the making is taking off, as the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport's newest building broke ground Tuesday.

Dozens gathered to celebrate the beginning of the airport's new operations building (AOB).

Aiport authority commissioner Bill McCann explained how the airport worked with the City of Lewiston, as well as the FAA to secure larger equipment for snow removal and firefighting.

The building is over 93% FAA-funded and will be built by Ginno Construction out of Coeur d'Alene.

The airport brings in around $60 million a year, according to the State of Idaho, and this new building signals a lasting legacy.

McCann says, "This is the first new building in 30 years at the Lewiston airport, that is built by the airport authority. It will streamline the operations and maintenance of the airport, combine aircraft rescue/firefighting and winter operations, [and] will house the snow control equipment, the MB400 high-speed snow plow."

The AOB will also house the airport's newest aircraft rescue and firefighting, or ARF vehicle. That's on order and will be delivered shortly before the building is finished - a little over a year from now.

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