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​Independence State Airport

Independence (7S5)


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
CTAF: 122.975
Elevation: 176’
Lighting: MIRL, PAPI
Runway: 16/34
Length: 3,000’
Width: 60’
Surface: Asphalt
Fuel: 24-HR Cardlock
Transportation: None
 
 
FBO’s:           Independence Aviation         Nutsch Aviation
                   4709 Airport Road                4901 Airport Road
                   Independence, OR 97351       Independence, OR 97351
                   (503)606-2923                    (503)482-7209
 
 
Food:            Starduster Cafe                  Ragin' River Steak Co.               The Pink House Cafe
                   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
 
 
Lodging:        Courtesy Inn                       Best Western Dallas Inn           College Inn Motel
                   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