City of Glenwood Springs, CDOT team up to fill airport cracks |

City of Glenwood Springs, CDOT team up to fill airport cracks

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs Post Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado The City Council voted Thursday to support matching part of a grant to make repairs at the municipal airport.Besides filling cracks on the runway and taxiways, the south taxiway and tie down area would be repaved with an asphalt overlay. The total cost is about $84,320. Most of the cost would be paid for by a Colorado Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division grant. But the city agreed to pay 20 percent, or $16,865.The cracks are an ongoing problem for any paving, said airport manager Dick Weinberg, likening filling cracks in pavement at the airport to patching them on streets in Glenwood Springs.He said crack filling is done pretty much every year and this winter was particularly harsh because of all the snow and resulting plowing that had to be done.Last winter was horrendous, he said Friday. I thought I was going to wear out the blade on the plow running up and down the runway.The grant application contained language requiring the city to repay part of the grant if the airport closed before the life of the repairs expired. But the City Council decided for practical purposes the life of the repairs would be defined as five years or less.At the end of March, the airport had $30,125 in its enterprise fund. Expenses are paid for by revenues from fuel sales and fees for airplane tie downs and hangars.Since the airport runs on a tight budget, major improvements have largely been paid for with CDOT grants, city planner ALissa Gerum wrote in a memo. The airport would have had insufficient funds to pay for so many projects otherwise.She said the impact of spending half the airport funds cash on the matching grant is difficult to predict because of varying revenues.In 2007, a CDOT report suggested the runway would have to be replaced for $500,000 to $1 million within about five to seven years.Weinberg said the runway probably has more life than that.Its been my experience where theyre a little bit on the conservative side, Weinberg said. Theyre considering all the worst-case scenarios.He estimated the runway wouldnt actually have to be replaced for about eight or nine years or more, especially if preventative maintenance like the crack filling is done regularly.Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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