3:12pm

Wed August 10, 2011
Politics

Northern Colorado Runway Project Takes Flight

After cancelling runway repair plans last week, the director for the Fort Collins-Loveland Airport says construction will go forward as originally planned. Airport Director Jason Licon says the project’s contractor had cancelled last week when Congress was at a stalemate over Federal Aviation Administration funding.

But that changed when President Barack Obama signed a temporary FAA extension, freeing up the project’s $7 million grant.

 

“Fortunately we were able to get enough notice out there that our project was absolutely necessary,” he said. “It helped get some of the people in Washington D.C. make a decision about getting the FAA [funding] reauthorized.”

The Fort Collins-Loveland Airport’s one runway was last repaved in 1989. While runway repairs will start next week, Licon says some fixes—like lighting—will have to wait until next summer.

Licon says the airport will receive the FAA funds later this week or early next.