State Doles Out Grant Funding to Regional Airports
by Gus Jarvis
Feb 25, 2013 | 1212 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

MJT, TEX Receive Funds for More Infrastructure Upgrades

WESTERN SAN JUANS – Both Telluride and Montrose regional airports are among 44 Colorado airports to receive grant funding from state aviation fuel tax revenues, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Friday, that will be used for ongoing infrastructure upgrades.

The Telluride Regional Airport slated to receive $69,457 from Colorado’s Aviation Discretionary Grant program. That funding, combined with local and federal funding will total $680,148 and will fund the designing a de-ice pad/run-up area, the existing drainage swale repair, the relocation of runway threshold lights and signage, and the purchase of a 20-foot Bat-Wing mower.

The Montrose Regional Airport will receive a total of $318,567 in state grant funding, that, along with local and federal funding, will total $1,350, 877 in funding. Projects slated for that funding include a commercial apron expansion and the installation of an airfield generator.

The grants, administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Division on Aeronautics, ranged in size from $3,650 to $3 million and required local or federal participation. Projects receiving funding include safety and infrastructure upgrades needed at airports ranging from airports as large as Denver International Airport, to some of Colorado’s smallest airports like the North Fork Valley Airport in Paonia.

“We have improved public-use airports all across the state by leveraging these grants with local and federal matching funds,” Hickenlooper said in a statement released on Feb. 15. “These airports are critical to the economic well-being of communities as energy, tourism and business travel to local destinations continues to grow. Developing and maintaining an efficient, safe transportation system is vital to Colorado’s economic growth.”

The Aviation Discretionary Grant Program was instituted by an amendment to the Colorado Constitution in 1992. Proposals from public-use airports are received and evaluated by CDOT Aeronautics staff and approved by the Aeronautical Board, which is comprised of aviation industry representatives appointed by the governor and approved by the Colorado Senate.

“It has been gratifying to see this program grow over the years,” said Joe, Thibodeaux, chairman of the Colorado Aeronautical Board. “Our public-use airports have consistently come to us with outstanding projects that serve important public transportation needs, and we are pleased to be able to help make these projects a reality. This is a true example of state/local and often federal partnerships that together help us accomplish much more than any of us would be able to do by ourselves.”

The North Fork Valley Airport in Paonia received a total of $134,100 in state, federal and local funding for runway maintenance and a lighted wind cone. Hopkins Field in Nucla received a total of $2,199,162 in federal, state and local funding for road relocation and safety area improvements.

 

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