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COS Airport to receive $10M for improvements

 

Last updated 9/9/2020 at 3:20pm

Courtesy of Colorado Springs Airport

A plane takes off from the Colorado Springs Airport. Runway improvements are slated thanks to two new grants totaling over $10 million.

The U.S. Department of Transportation notified Congressman Doug Lamborn that it plans to award two grants to the City of Colorado Springs, totaling over $10 million. These two grants will be used to revamp and reconstruct the runway and runway lighting at the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport. The grant will be funded through the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment Act for the 21st Century or "AIR 21." 

"The Colorado Springs Airport is a vital asset to the Fifth Congressional District," stated Congressman Lamborn. "The airport provides jobs in our community and serves as a key transportation mode for tourists and Coloradans throughout the region. These grants will improve our runways, prevent future flight delays, and help the Pikes Peak region maintain major commercial airliners and destinations. I am grateful that the Trump Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation have provided these grants and are committed to improving our aging infrastructure."

Greg Phillips, director of aviation at the airport, said airport officials are excited to receive this much-needed funding.

"This grant will allow us to resurface and improve the west runway (Runway 17R/35L) and will be completed in the summer of 2021," Phillips said. "On average, the Colorado Springs Airport sees 35 commercial flights a day, not including military and cargo traffic, and serves approximately 1.7 million commercial passengers per year. This funding will allow us to continue to give our patrons a timely, seamless, and high-quality experience."

 

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