GJ airport receives $3.7 million grant

A federal grant of $3.7 million has been awarded to Grand Junction Regional Airport for a multi-phase terminal construction project.

The office of U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D - Colo., announced Thursday that Grand Junction was one of eight regional airports in Colorado that will receive more than $9.1 million in competitive grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Aside from Grand Junction, airports in Alamosa, Gunnison, Kit Carson, Pueblo, Routt and Yuma counties, as well as Denver International Airport, are to receive funding for various projects, including runway and taxiway improvements and safety upgrades.

“Colorado’s regional airports create critical connections between Main Street businesses and the broader world,” Udall said in a release announcing the grants.

Grand Junction Regional Airport authorities have said the existing terminal, which opened in 1982, is nearing the end of its useful life. Plans call for the terminal to be rebuilt in phases.

Authorities have said the administration building is to be rebuilt immediately east of the existing terminal and will be three stories tall, with the top level set aside for airport administration. A fire station and airport board meeting room, which could be used as a community meeting room, are also envisioned.


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