Updates underway at Craig-Moffat Airport
The Craig-Moffat Airport has two upcoming projects on the agenda.
Fog sealing will keep the runway in good shape and the development of a new master plan will allow continued access to funds from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Luke Tucker, co-owner of Mountain Air Spray, Craig-Moffat Airport’s fixed base operator, said the airport receives $150,000, a number based on fuel sales, from the FAA every year for capital projects.
Because that dollar amount can’t pay for much, small airports pool their money together and take turns using the pot for projects.
“What we do is bank with four different airports and every five years we get a lump sum,” Tucker said.
Craig-Moffat Airport’s ticket is up this year and it received the $600,000, on which the city of Craig and Moffat County each match 2.5 percent.
Two important projects will be conducted using the funds.
American Road Maintenance was contracted at $180,000 for the fog sealing and Armstrong Consultants out of Grand Junction will construct the master plan to the tune of $242,000.
Craig Mayor Ray Beck said fog sealing is similar to chip sealing, minus the chips, and will extended the life of the existing asphalt.
“It’s maintenance that helps preserve the life of the pavement,” he said.
The purpose of the master plan, which must be redone every ten years, determines future development at the airport.
“It’s really a requirement by the FAA and you need to keep that up because it always helps when you’re applying for grants,” Beck said.
On Wednesday, the airport board will meet to schedule the fog sealing. Tucker said he is not sure if there will be any airport closures.
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