Contracts approved for airport improvement projects

A total of $1.3 million in contracts has been awarded as part of an improvement project at the Grand Junction Regional Airport.

The airport authority is still waiting on approval from a federal agency to proceed with plans to relocate the main runway.

The airport authority awarded a $1.2 million contract to Elam Construction to rehabilitate the main taxiway connectors. The authority also awarded a $100,000 to Pro Electric  Contractors to modify runway edge lighting and relocate the segmented circle and main wind cone.

The completion of those projects will precede a seal coating of the main runway to be completed at an estimated cost of $990,000.   

The airport improvement project is expected to cost more than $3 million with 90 percent of the funding coming from the Federal Aviation Administration and another $116,730 coming from the Colorado Department of Transportation. The airport authority is responsible for covering the remainder of the cost.

Armstrong Consultants will provide preliminary engineering and construction administration on the project.

The FAA has approved a final environment assessment and a finding of no significant impact on the runway improvement project.

The airport authority is now waiting for approval from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on plans to acquire 188 acres of public land administered by the BLM to move the main airport runway 650 feet north. With BLM approval, the airport authority will proceed with plans to relocate the runway, a project estimated to cost $100 million.