GJ airport gets $8 million grant

The Grand Junction Regional Airport will receive an $8 million grant, courtesy of the nation’s economic stimulus plan, for the reconstruction on the airport’s apron, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The construction will take place inside the airport fence to replace an aircraft parking ramp that is in poor condition.

“It’s a whole lot of concrete,” said Rex Tippetts, director of aviation at the airport. “It’s a project that needed to be done.”

Tippetts said the project timeline has been accelerated. Construction was slated to start in a few years and would have taken three or four years to complete.

The funds come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment and Act and require that construction begin much sooner. It will allow the project to be completed within a year.

“Now that we have received notification that the project will happen, it will probably be bid out within the next couple of weeks,” Tippetts said.

He expects construction to start in June and last approximately 200 days.


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