HERMISTON — Hermiston is getting a $3 million upgrade to its airport without costing the city a dime, thanks to some skilled financial juggling.

The city council voted Monday to accept a $300,000 Federal Aviation Administration grant, one of three grants the city is leveraging to pay for the project. On Friday the state approved Hermiston for a $300,000 Connect Oregon grant, allowing the city to use the state grant as its non-federal matching funds for another $2.3 million FAA grant.

The project involves moving the airport’s taxiway, which is 40 feet too close to its runway for FAA standards, and repaving sections of the airport. The grant accepted Monday will be used to pay for project engineering, with the other two grants used for construction.

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