Desert Aire-Runway Reconstruction

  • Location Mattawa, WA
  • Client Grant County Airport District No. 1
  • That Beautiful Runway is No Mirage

    No longer cracked, but built to today’s aviation standards, the runway sparkles like a jewel.

  • Not Exactly a Town

    Population just over 1,000 – this “census designated place” alongside the Columbia River loves its planes.

The Palms Springs of Washington state. The airport in vacation community, Desert Aire, Washington, was constructed in 1970 and did not meet current FAA standards prescribed by WSDOT Aviation. Among the necessary improvements, the 36-foot-wide runway needed to be expanded to meet the standard 60-foot runway width.
Reid Middleton engineered relocation of the existing edge lights and PAPI units, pavement transitions to connecting taxiways, created layouts of new runway markings and shoulder and safety area grading to meet WSDOT and FAA requirements. The finished runway has a load bearing rating of 18,000 pounds, allowing for larger planes to use it.