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Runway 11-29 Reconstruction Start Date Changed to March 5th 2018

Due to weather issues and time constraints, the project start date has been pushed out to March 5th Runway 11-29 will now be closed to all fixed wing aircraft between March 5th and October 18th, 2018.


Redmond Municipal Airport to Begin Secondary Runway (11-29) Reconstruction Project March 2018 – Airport Services to Operate Without Interruption

Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) announces it will begin reconstruction of runway 11-29 on March 5th, 2018. The terminal and primary airport runway (5-23) will remain open during the entire reconstruction project, allowing commercial air service to operate without interruption. Fixed Based Operator (FBO) Leading Edge Jet Center will remain open as well. High Desert Aggregate and Paving is scheduled to complete the $10,000,000 project, and re-open the runway to all aircraft October 18, 2018.

“Due to the cross-section work completed as part of our 2016 primary runway reconstruction project, we will not have to close the airport to work on secondary runway 11-29,” states Airport Director Zachary Bass. “We are focused on improving our infrastructure with minimal disruption to the 800,000+ air passengers we serve annually, U.S. Forest Service operations, hangar tenants, and local business that call RDM home.”

This reconstruction project ensures Redmond Municipal Airport meets the most current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) design standards to best serve the growing Central Oregon community for years to come. The reconstruction cost of runway 11-29 is estimated at approximately $10,000,000.  93.75% of the project is funded through a FAA grant and the remainder is funded through airport funds.


No.  According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) runway pavement has a life span of twenty years. FAA design standards for airports evolve and are modified on a continual basis.  This project will ensure Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) meets the most current design standards.  Both Airport runways are perfectly safe for use in their current condition; this project is to construct necessary upgrades to the runway that consistent with current FAA design standards.

Due to a continued increase in air travel, RDM would also like to remind passengers to arrive at the airport at least 90-120 minutes prior to scheduled departure time to allow for enough time to complete the flight check-in and TSA checkpoint procedures.  Airline check-in counters close 40 minutes prior to the scheduled flight departure time. No agents will be available to check baggage and kiosks will not print boarding passes after this time. The Airport is open 24/hrs a day, 7/days a week. The TSA security checkpoint opens daily at 3:45 a.m. More information can be found at or by contacting your air carrier.

Download the News Release for Project 11-29

11-29 Visual Image

Detailed Information on the Phases of Reconstruction


Recent Awards for RDM


League of Oregon Cities & CIS

Gold Safety Award--City of Redmond/Redmond Municipal Airport

Injury Infrequency Rate of 0.6 in FY 16-17 with 171 Full-Time Employees


Oregon Airport Management Association (OAMA)

Airport Manager of the Year 2017

Redmond Municipal Airport Director Zachary Bass


DJC Oregon Top Projects—1st Place

Infrastructure 2017

Century West Engineering

Redmond Municipal Airport Runway 4-22 Rehabilitation


American Public Works Association (Oregon Chapter)

Project of the Year 2016

Transportation: $5milllion to less than $25 million

RDM Runway 4-22 Rehabilitation

Agency: City of Redmond

Consultant: Century West Engineering

Contractor: Knife River Corporation


Federal Aviation Administration

Certificate of Excellence

In Recognition for outstanding efforts associated with the rehabilitation of runway 5/23 at Roberts Field

UW/FAA Northwest Mountain Region Airports conference

March 21-22 2017


American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon

Engineering Excellence Honor Award

Presented to City of Redmond/Redmond Municipal Airport

RDM Runway 4-22 Rehabilitation

January 18th 2017


Quality in Construction Award—NAPA

Recognizing Excellence in Asphalt Pavements for 2016

Presented to: The City of Redmond-Roberts Field-Redmond Municipal Airport

Project: Runway 4-22 Rehabilitation

Contractor: Knife River Corporation NW (Bend, OR)


Asphalt Paving Association of Oregon

Excellence in Paving Award 2016—1st Place

Presented to the City of Redmond

For asphalt pavement construction on a special project

Roberts Field/Redmond Municipal Airport Rehabilitation Project Phase II




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COIDC's primary mission is to provide dispatch support and coordination for all-risk incidents to participating agencies and cooperators, through mutual aid agreements and memorandums of understanding, within the COIDC dispatch area. With responder and public safety always our highest priority, we effectively support natural resource management and emergency response through situational analysis, prioritization, and efficient operations.


"The City of Redmond has contracted with Griffin Construction, LLC for the construction of a new Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center (COIDC) at the Redmond Municipal Airport.  The new 7,000 square facility is part of a twenty year lease agreement with the United States Forest Service, supporting their efforts to relocate the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center (COIDC) to the Redmond Air Center at Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM).

The Forest Service’s COIDC provides dispatch support and coordination for all risk incidents for the Oregon Department of Forestry, BLM Prineville District, the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland. They conduct over 1,000 flight operations and disperse approximately a million gallons of fire retardant annually. The development of a new, centrally located dispatch center at the Redmond Airport will improve efficiency and safety of those operations as well as the agency’s ability to respond to risk incidents.

“The City has had a successful 50+ year history with the U.S. Forest Service in the development of airport property,” states Redmond Airport Manager Zachary Bass.  “We look forward to continuing that partnership for another twenty years as well as expanding the airport’s role in regional USFS firefighting efforts.  Construction of the new dispatch center will make Redmond Air Center one of the largest USFS firefighting bases in the country.”

Since 2000, the City of Redmond (Redmond Airport) has invested $5 Million dollars in build-to-suit USFS facilities on Airport property. The cost and risk of building these facilities is offset by long term lease agreements.  The City issued a 20 year Full Faith and Credit bond to finance the new COIDC facility in early 2016 in the amount of $2,500,000.00.  The annual debt payment is $178,386.00 a year.  The finalized lease with the Forest Service is for a guaranteed (cannot be terminated) twenty years at an annual rate of approximately $189,000, subject to final square footage verification as well the costs related to tenant improvements and other security requirements.  The Forest Service has committed up to $150,000 towards additional tenant improvements, which is currently being negotiated. As it stands currently, the Airport will be providing $670,000 to fund the project.

The total project cost is currently estimated at $3,170,000.00.

“The Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center is an integral part of emergency operations in the region,” comments Mayor George Endicott.  “During a recent visit to Redmond Municipal Airport, Governor Brown commended the level of interagency cooperation across our region.  We are proud of the recognition, and will continue the tradition of collaborative partnerships.”


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