ILWACO, Wash. - The crew of Naselle Rock and Asphalt has put finishing touches on the run-up area at the east end of the Ilwaco Airport, part of a contract to lay an estimated 2,100 tons of asphalt to protect and extend the life of the runway.

Naselle Asphalt's contract amount was $118,415. The contractor is required to paint a center stripe, a displaced threshold on the east end of the runway and identification numbers on each end.

The job will be paid for by a $120,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Division.

The Port of Ilwaco provided local funds to qualify for the grant by improving the safety of the runway protection zone at the east. The grant match consisted of volunteer labor to remove trees, as well as in-kind work and funds to remove garbage, burn woody debris and plant grass.

Michael Caccavano, of West Ridge Engineering of Astoria, put together the bid package for the port.

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