GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
The CARES Act Airport Relief Fund is distributing $10-billion to the nation’s airports to help keep them open. The Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority board has approved the CARES Act grant for close to 5.7 million to aid our airport in operational, maintenance, and debt purposes. Joe Burtard with Grand Junction Regional Airport says, “We have planned and ready to execute over $13 million in capital improvement projects here at the airport.”
Before COVID-19 Grand Junction Regional Airport had to match 10% of that $13-million, but now the CARES Act is waiving that 10% fee so the airport can focus on taking off. “We’re building a new runway. So, in order to pull off that new runway, we have to do a lot of smaller supporting projects,” says Burtard.
Two of those supporting projects are the West Apron replacement and the second project is a new run-up pad for the planes. “By moving forward with these projects we’re keeping people employed, a lot of the contractors that were slated, that were anticipated working on these jobs, and so it’s great for the economy, it’s great for our community,” says Burtard.
The airport needs final approval for the grant by both Mesa County and the City of Grand Junction. The Mesa County Commissioners approved the CARES Act grant for the airport during a meeting this morning May 11, 2020 and the city of Grand Junction is slated to approve it later this week. If the grant is not approved, the city must obtain all the responsibilities of the Grand Junction Regional Airport and carry them out.