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Craig-Moffat County Airport to receive federal dollars

$75,000 allocated to local airport for runway, lighting projects

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

Craig and Sue Kozak, of Fort Collins, right, talk with Ray Beck at the Craig/Moffat County Airport at the 2009 Fourth of July celebration. A total of $75,000 in federal funding has been allocated toward projects at the Craig-Moffat County Airport.

U.S. Congressman John Salazar, D-Colo., announced Thursday that $75,000 in federal funding has been allocated toward projects at the Craig-Moffat County Airport.

Airport manager Jerry Hoberg said the $75,000 is the first half of the $150,000 the airport expects to receive from the Federal Aviation Administration. The airport has received $150,000 each year in federal funding in past years.

If the airport receives the second half of the funding, which Hoberg said he expects to know about by May, the airport plans to rehabilitate runway 7/25 and to install connector taxiway edge lighting.

The runway rehab includes extending "the useful life" of existing pavement, according to a release from Salazar's office.

Installation of the connector taxiway edge lights, also known as reflector markers, will "delineate the edge of the taxiway pavement and will provide guidance for aircraft operators at night and in low visibility conditions."

Ray Beck, chairman of the airport advisory board, said Armstrong Consultants of Grand Junction has worked with the board to identify priorities for the airport this year.

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"Now that we've got the terminal and parking lot done, we were ready to move on," Beck said.

Salazar said the money would benefit the airport and the community it serves.

"This funding will help the Craig-Moffat County Airport in its goal of providing safe and efficient air service for communities in Northwest Colorado," Salazar said in the release. "As a pilot, I am proud to have supported this effort, and I will continue to support projects like this, projects that will improve our infrastructure and strengthen our economy."

Hoberg said the projects are on hold until the airport learns about its request for the second $75,000.

"I'm waiting for the second round of funding before I move forward," Hoberg said.

Then Hoberg will request a 2.5 percent match from the Colorado Department of Transportation and 2.5-percent combined match from the city of Craig and Moffat County, which Hoberg said is budgeted for.

The match equates to $3,750 from the state and $1,875 from both the city and the county.

Hoberg said the airport advisory board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the airport, 3005 Colorado Highway 394, to further discuss the projects with Armstrong Consultants.

For more information about the airport, call Hoberg at 824-9148.

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