GJT Applies for Runway Grant

The $1.9 Million dollar grant would go to the $125 Million runway replacement

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - All runways at Grand Junction Regional Airport were closed for hours today because of the icy conditions, but that didn't stop airport officials from taking the next step in the runway replacement project.

GJT officials made a $1.9 million grant request to the federal Airport Improvement Program for design of the replacement runway.

A similar grant was obtained by the airport last year for a runway that was originally built in the 1940's.

The replacement project could cost up to $125 million and could take up to 12 years, but to officials, its a dire need.

"Our air craft fleet is evolving to larger aircraft and this runway replacement project is a way to make sure that we can not only properly and safely accommodate the aircraft we're serving today, but the aircraft we serve in the future." said Kip Turner, GJT's executive director.

Turner says another reason why this replacement project is so needed, is that the airport has seen record enplanements over the past 4 months.

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