The property was acquired in 1962 to '64 with construction of the runway begun in 1964 and completed in 1965 and the turf runway was opened in 1966. This was accomplished with a federally funded project. Within four years the need for additional drainage and an apron facility became apparent and these were constructed with state funds. The turf runway could not accommodate the traffic and in 1972 a 30-foot wide oiled portion of the runway was constructed. In 1975, with the aid of an ADAP grant from FAA, the runway was reconstructed and paved. Shortly thereafter, the state installed a low intensity lighting system. A parallel taxiway was constructed by the homeowners of the adjacent housing area as a part of their payment for access to the airport. Airport has FBO and restaurant.
Independence State Airport was constructed in 1965, on land donated by Polk County, with funding provided by the Board of Aeronautics and the FAA. The existing runway was repaired in 1976 with State and FAA funding. Located east of State Route 99W, the airport is situated approximately one mile north of the community of Independence, near the Willamette River. The Independence State Airport also serves the community of Monmouth, approximately three miles west of Independence.
In addition to serving the communities of Independence and Monmouth, the airport is operated as a residential airpark with taxiways from the existing runway/taxiway system leading directly to hangars attached to single-family homes. The airport is seen as an economic stimulus to the area and plays a significant role in the area's ability to sustain economic growth. The airport is categorized as a Level 3 airport because of its significance to the local area and should continue to be included in the NPLAS.
Location: 4905 Airport Road, Independence, OR 97351
Lat/Long: 44-52.01N / 123-11.90W
Lighting: MIRL, PAPI
Fuel: 24-HR Cardlock
4709 Airport Road 4901 Airport Road
Independence, OR 97351 Independence, OR 97351
4705 Airport Road 154 S. Main Street 242 D Street
Independence, OR 97351 Independence, OR 97351 Independence, OR 97351
(503)838-1781 (503)837-0394 (503)837-0900
270 Pacific Ave. N. 250 Orchard Drive 235 Pacific Ave. N.
Monmouth, OR 97361 Dallas, OR 97338 Monmouth, OR 97361
(503)838-4438 (877)574-2464 (503)585-6560
Remarks: Marine Park, Willamette River, Historical District, Western Oregon University