Colorado airports receive $4.3 million for improvements

Four regional airports will receive a total of $4.3 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for repairs and construction through the Airport Improvement Program.

Rifle Garfield County Airport will get $3.1 million, including more than $300,000 from the $1.8 trillion CARES Act that provided various forms of coronavirus relief. The money will support a project to expand the ramp to 80,000 square yards, in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration standards.

Grand Junction Regional Airport will rehabilitate 13,2000 feet of taxiway and runway pavement to maintain the structural integrity with nearly $554,000 in funding. Ten percent of the grant came from the CARES Act, as was the case with every project.

Northern Colorado Regional Airport will gain $345,000 to expand ramps and construct a 200-foot taxiway. Rangely Airport will install 500 feet of drainage improvements with its $300,000. All airports, with the exception of Grand Junction’s, are general aviation facilities, meaning they do not have scheduled passenger service.

“I’m excited to see this important funding will be delivered to four airports in Colorado to help modernize infrastructure and transportation systems, which will help to better serve Coloradans,” said U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner after the announcement.

Nationwide, the department made 383 grants totaling $800 million, and the CARES Act money enabled full federal funding for all projects.


By: Michael Karlik

Colorado Politics