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Wyomingites - sit back, relax and enjoy upgrades to local airports

Wyoming airports will receive $6.5 million in grants

May 30, 2007

            Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Craig Thomas, Mike Enzi, and Representative Barbara Cubin, all R-Wyo, announced that Wyoming travelers will soon be able to enjoy airport upgrades with new plans set to take off improving several airports throughout the state.

            The Wyoming Congressional Delegation said 10 Wyoming airports will be receiving grant money from the Department of Transportation totaling more than $6.5 million. The funds will be used for projects such as improving runways, updating and strengthening airport layout plans, revamping existing pavement and installing vertical and visual guidance systems.

           “This money will go a long way toward improving safety and preparing for Wyoming future economic growth. These airport improvement projects wouldn’t take place without the millions in grant funding provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation,” Thomas said.

            Wyoming airports need to accommodate our growing economy. Quality air service is not only important for residents, but essential for supporting vital industries such as tourism," Enzi said. "These grants help airports continue to provide transportation to meet the needs of area businesses and residents.”

            Reliable, high quality air service is an essential aspect of economic development in Wyoming 's communities,” Rep. Cubin stated. “These DOT grants will fill a critical funding gap for many of Wyoming 's airports as they make the improvements and upgrades necessary to safely and effectively transport passengers and cargo.”

Cheyenne Regional Airport / Jerry Olson Field - $780,000 to design runway improvements

North Big Horn County Airport near Cowley and Lovell - $150,000 to extend the useful life of the pavement.

Laramie Regional Airport - $200,000 to update the master plan study -$1,740,000 for rehabilitating the concrete apron

Rawlins Municipal/ Harvey Field - $150,000 to update the master plan study

Miley Memorial Field in Big Piney - $386,149 to strengthen the apron

Powell Municipal - $150,000 to update airport layout plan

Jackson Hole Airport - $2,065,003 to rehabilitate a taxiway and extend life of existing pavements

Gillette - Campbell County Airport - $668,875 to install a vertical/ visual guidance system

Wyoming Division of Aeronautics - $250,000 to update Wyoming state system plan study