Grand Junction airport awarded grant for runway work

The Grand Junction Regional Airport will receive a $3.5 million grant to fund runway construction.

The Federal Aviation Administration will award the grant under its Airport Improvement Program, U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet announced.

“This airport grant announcement is great news for Coloradans and the many travelers who visit our state every year,” said Gardner, a Republican from Colorado. “Grand Junction Regional Airport serves as a gateway to the Western Slope, and I’m pleased to see this grant awarded to improve its facility. I’ll continue working to support Colorado’s transportation priorities at the federal level.”

Bennet, a Democrat from Colorado, said the funding will help make infrastructure improvements at the airport that will benefit residents and travelers alike

“Our regional airports play an important role in connecting residents and driving economic development in our state,” Bennet said. “We’re glad to see this investment in Grand Junction and will continue to work to support our state’s infrastructure needs.”

Gardner, Bennet and U.S. Rep Scott Tipton, a Republican whose Third Congressional District includes Grand Junction, sent a letter to FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell supporting the applications from the Grand Junction Regional Airport for funding.