IYK gets $11 million to fix runway

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

IYK gets $11 million to fix runwayInyokern Airport received word this week that it has been awarded $11 million in funds to reconstruct one of the runways damaged in last year’s earthquake sequence.

The grant will be funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Airport Improvement Program, along with appropriations under the CARES Act, which covers the 10-percent grant typically funded through local agencies.

“As our country continues to meet the challenges of coronavirus, it is excellent news that Inyokern Airport, which provides critical support to the Indian Wells Valley, will receive funds for long-awaited runway improvements,” said House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.

“Runway 2-20 is essential to Inyokern Airport’s operations, but last year’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake has unfortunately threatened its future public use. This grant will help bolster this facility, thereby keeping it operational while continuing to ensure the safety of all visitors.”

He also commended IYK General Manager Scott Seymour for his commitment and leadership.

“I am honored to have Congressman McCarthy’s help with this project,” said Seymour.

“We have worked very hard since last year’s seismic events to make this grant become a reality. This is another step to recovery of the Indian Wells Valley.”

Additional details will be reported in a future edition of the News Review.

Pictured: Runway 2-20 at Inyokern Airport will be reconstructed, thanks to an $11 million federal grant. — Photo Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2020-05-01