Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 -- Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today he approved distribution of $11.5 million in state aviation fuel tax revenues through 46 grants to Colorado airports under the Aviation Discretionary Grant program administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Division of Aeronautics.
The grants, ranging in size from $3,947 to $400,000, will leverage local and – in 22 of the projects – federal funds to total $94.68 million for various airport projects. The projects include runway lighting improvements, runway maintenance and construction to wildlife fencing. A complete listing of all grants is attached. The listing includes the governmental unit, authority, or association receiving the funds, funding totals, and details of the approved projects.
“We must have an accessible airport system if Colorado is going to continue as a world-class, year-round destination,” Hickenlooper said. “These airports are vital to the state’s economic development, quality of life, recreational access and our overall mobility. Combining the state aviation fuel taxes with local and federal funding will fund much-needed projects that might not otherwise have been possible.”
The statutorily-based program, which began in 1992, receives grant proposals from any Colorado public-use airport. These proposals are evaluated by CDOT Aeronautics staff and approved by the Colorado Aeronautical Board, which is comprised of aviation community representatives appointed by the Governor and approved by the Colorado Senate. The Governor then reviews the Aeronautical Board decisions and has 30 days in which to comment and/or approve
“Over the years, the state has been able to be a true partner to our public use airports by distributing more than $60 million through these grants,” noted Colorado Aeronautical Board Chair Harold Patton of Greenwood Village. “This year, 46 airports statewide will be undertaking projects to improve safety and convenience for airlines, pilots, airport operators, and the public. This grant program is a true Colorado success story.”
Colorado communities/airports receiving the grants are listed below:
Click here to view a spreadsheet of grant details