Pitkin County paves way for FAA runway funding
September 22, 2010
ASPEN – Pitkin County commissioners unanimously approved an emergency resolution Wednesday to accept Federal Aviation Administration funds for extension of the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport runway.
Some or all of up to $14 million in FAA funding could be allocated before the federal government’s fiscal year ends Sept. 30, said Jim Elwood, director of aviation. It’s not likely the full amount will be allocated by the end of the month, but the remainder would be expected in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, he said.
The county’s share of the project could be as much as $2.1 million, according to Elwood, and would come from airport revenues.
Concrete Express of Denver submitted the apparent low bid. It was $1.3 million less than engineering estimates, Elwood said. Local firm Gould Construction also submitted a bid; under FAA rules, no local preference is awarded in the contracting process, he said.
The county has approved a plan to extend the runway length by 1,000 feet, potentially allowing the airport to accommodate more types of regional commercial jets.
The project could be completed next year if the FAA funding comes through. The work would not require closure of the airport.