Runway realignment on hold until grant money for snow removal equipment arrives

MOSCOW, ID - While the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport prepared for its big runway realignment, the Federal Aviation Administration will give the airport nearly two-million dollars for new snow removal equipment.

The Moscow City Council approved the grant Monday night. Moscow-Pullman Regional Airport Executive Director Tony Bean said the local match will come from state funding and passenger fees, so the equipment won't cost Moscow or Pullman any money. He said it's important to get the new equipment before they start the runway realignment project.

"The danger of not having equipment now is we don't have enough equipment today to be able to adequately be able to remove snow once that new runway gets in," said Bean.

The airport will also get a shelter to store the new snow removal equipment. The grant will pay for repairs to a sinking terminal ramp as well.