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Udall Congratulates Colorado Airports on Receiving More Than $6.1 Million in Competitive Transportation Grants

Grants Will Help Regional Airports Create Jobs, Construct New Facilities, Improve Safety Equipment

Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mark Udall, a strong advocate for rural Colorado, congratulated nine of Colorado's regional airports in Adams, Alamosa, Lake, Montrose, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Washington, Weld and Yuma counties on receiving more than $6.1 million in competitive U.S. Department of Transportation grants. The competitive grants will help the airports create jobs, upgrade safety equipment, construct new facilities, and improve runways and taxiways.

"Colorado's regional airports create jobs, grow our economy and connect Main Street businesses with the rest of the state, region and world. These competitive grants will ensure that our airports are safer and updated to meet the demands of local companies and tourists," Udall said. "I look forward to seeing how these important updates and improvements will contribute to our resurgent economy."

The competitive grants issued to Colorado airports today are:

  • $1.98 million to Nucla Hopkins Field in Montrose County for runway improvements;
  • $1.1 million to the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport for new equipment to help clear the airfield during severe weather;
  • $844,691 to the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport for taxiway construction;
  • $763,889 to the San Luis Valley Regional Airport in Alamosa County for the construction of a new terminal building;
  • $452,616 to the Colorado Plains Regional Airport in Washington County for a new a wildlife perimeter fence;
  • $329,050 to the Rangely Airport in Rio Blanco County to improve its automatic weather observing system;
  • $300,000 to the Front Range Airport in Adams County for taxiway improvements;
  • $150,000 to Erie Municipal Airport in Weld County for taxiway lighting;
  • $249,146 to the Wray Municipal Airport in Yuma County for taxiway repairs; and,
  • $150,000 to the Lake County Airport for a study to identify future airport development needs.
By: Mike Saccone
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