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FAA to help fund Aspen runway design

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – A federal grant of up to $2.1 million will help fund the design and engineering work for extension of the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport runway.

County commissioners approved on first reading Tuesday a resolution accepting the grant. Final approval is scheduled next week.

The county plans to extend the runway by 1,000 feet with the goal of easing the weight restrictions that affect commercial airlines in warm temperatures. The airlines sometimes don’t sell all the plane seats they could otherwise sell because they have to hold down on the aircraft’s weight for takeoff, according to airport officials.

Though the grant is for up to $2.1 million, the design work is expected to cost about $1 million, said David Ulane, assistant airport director.

Both design and eventual construction on the runway project are eligible for up to 95 percent federal funding.