Design underway for new Grand Junction Regional Airport runway

July 13, 2017

Design is underway for Grand Junction Regional Airport’s new runway is underway and the design team held their first meeting since that phase began.

“The goal is to replace the existing runway without impacting users” said Ryan Hayes, the project manager from Mead & Hunt, a consulting service.

To do that, the replacement runway will be built parallel to the existing runway, then turning the existing runway into the taxi way. That will avoid a complete six month shut down of the airport, which board members say would hurt the local economy.

“We’ve got some real significant businesses out there. Very valuable for this community that are silent and out of sight.” said Mark Achen, the interim Airport Authority Board Director at GJT.

Achen says over 400 people work at companies like West Star Aviation or are employed because of the number of refuel stops at the airport, like from the Navy.

The project was needed because complete reconstruction of the existing runway will be needed anway. That, and it fails to meet some FAA design standards.

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