GJ, other Western Slope airports receive aviation fuel tax funds

Grand Junction Regional Airport received $400,000 from the state to go toward a $1 million improvement of the terminal.

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday approved distribution of $11.5 million in 46 grants to Colorado airports.

The money comes from taxes on aviation fuels that are distributed by the Division of Aeronautics.

The money complements $200,000 from local sources and $400,000 anticipated from the federal government.

Architectural designs remain to be drawn up for the project, airport Manager Rex Tippetts said. Officials hope to have more planning completed by late spring, he said.

Other Western Slope airports to receive grants are:

Aspen, $400,000, toward snow removal and runway extension.

Cortez, $400,000, mowing and snow-removal equipment.

Delta, $400,000 toward ramp rehabilitation.

Eagle, $400,000, snow-removal and firefighting equipment.

Gunnison, $400,000, for security fence and ramp rehabilitation.

Meeker, $353,000 for runway project design.

Montrose, $150,000, taxiway extension and fence.

Nucla,  $400,000, runway-safety improvement.

Paonia, $20,000, pavement maintenance.

Telluride, $400,000, ramp expansion.

Hearings were conducted in January for distribution of the grants.

“We must have an accessible airport system if Colorado is going to continue as a world-class, year-round destination,” Hickenlooper said in a statement announcing the grants. “These airports are vital to the state’s economic development, quality of life, recreational access and our overall mobility. Combining the state aviation fuel taxes with local and federal funding will fund much-needed projects that might not otherwise have been possible.”


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