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Aspen airport will get share of federal stimulus funds

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” Airports in Denver, Centennial and Aspen will share $20 million from the federal stimulus package.

Colorado Democratic Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet said Monday that Denver International Airport will get $7 million for runway rehabilitation and $5 million for apron improvements.

Centennial Airport will get $4 million for taxiway rehabilitation and Aspen-Pitkin County Airport will get $4 million for apron improvements.

In Aspen, the funds will be used to rehabilitate and improve nearly 16,000 square yards of the airport’s general aviation aircraft parking aprons.

According to Jim Elwood, airport director, “This ‘shovel-ready’ project is contained in the airport’s approved 2010 capital improvement program, and can be designed and bid quickly since a significant amount of similar apron work was completed under previous recent projects.”

The work is expected to begin after Labor Day and be completed prior to Thanksgiving. Because the work involves aircraft parking aprons only, normal airport operations will not be affected and the airport will not be closed at any time during the project’s construction, according to Elwood.

The stimulus grants are being allocated through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. The stimulus package includes a total of $1.1 billion for the program.


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