New runway at Grand Junction Regional Airport might be in use sooner


April 12, 2017


The runway at Grand Junction Regional Airport, seen from the air, is expected to be replaced in a project that will also include two new high-speed taxiways. The construction cost: $125. (photo courtesy of Sentinel Herald)
The runway at Grand Junction Regional Airport, seen from the air, is expected to be replaced in a project that will also include two new high-speed taxiways. The construction cost: $125. (photo courtesy of Daily Sentinel)

Grand Junction Regional Airport might be able to land aircraft on a new runway sooner than planned, said a consultant unanimously selected Tuesday to negotiate further with the airport on the project.

Plans now call for the construction of two new high-speed taxiways roughly in the middle of the runway that would allow the airport to deal with more planes in any given time.

Holding off on construction of the high-speed taxiways could allow for the new runway to go into use more quickly, rather than wait for the entire project to be complete, said Ryan Hayes, project manager for Mead & Hunt, which was selected the top of three competitors for the job, which is estimated to cost up to $125 million.

Work on the high-speed taxiways could proceed while the new runway was in service, Hayes told the airport board in a special meeting at Grand Junction City Hall.

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