Grand Junction airport to get $2.2 million grant

The Grand Junction Regional Airport will receive more than $2.2 million in the first year of federal grants for airport-related projects.

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has given us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build safer and more sustainable airports that connect individuals to jobs and communities to the world,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “With this new funding, urban, regional and rural airports across the country now can get to work on projects that have waited for years, modernizing their infrastructure and building a better America.”

The federal legislation allocates $15 billion over five years for airport-related projects as defined under airport improvement grant and passenger facility charge criteria. The money can be used for runways, taxiways, safety and sustainability projects as well as terminal, airport-transit connections and roadway projects.

The Federal Aviation Administration estimated the backlog of airport projects totals $43.6 billion.

For the 2022 fiscal year, $2.89 billion has been made available to airports around the nation. Airports will submit proposals to the FAA for review in coming weeks. 

Colorado airports will receive a total of more than $86 million.

Grand Junction Regional Airport will receive $2,242,202.

Elsewhere in Western Colorado, grants will range from $2,582,155 for the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport to $157,000 for Blake Field in Delta. The Eagle County Airport will receive $1,899,256, the Montrose Airport $1,795,211 and Rifle Garfield County Airport $295,000.