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Eagle County Regional Aiport master plan ready for review

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Officials from the Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) are inviting the public to review and provide input on a final draft of the 20-year airport master plan.

The plan, which has been developed over the last two years, evaluates the anticipated growth of the airport and identifies key infrastructure needs to meet future demands, including the cost and funding of each potential project.

The draft is available online at http://www.eaglecounty.us/EGEMasterPlan under “Project Documents.” Hard copies are available for review at the Airport Administration Building at 0219 Eldon Wilson Road in Gypsum and at the Eagle County Building, located at 500 Broadway in Eagle. Comments will be accepted until April 11 and can be directed to Eagle County Aviation Director Greg Phillips at greg.phillips@eaglecounty.us.

As part of the master planning process, the capital improvement plan, airport layout plan, and overall financial plan for the airport have been updated. Phillips says the master plan is an essential element in ensuring eligibility and funding for airport capital improvement projects from both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Aeronautics. “We have been successful in receiving significant federal and state grants to ensure the viability of this important community asset,” Phillips said. “The master plan will help us to continue this success in the future.”

Throughout the process, input has been provided by a citizen advisory committee made up of more than 30 community members, town representatives and airport tenants. The FAA, CDOT Aeronautics, the county commissioners and airport staff have also provided feedback and direction. Open houses, airport user surveys and focus groups were utilized to garner additional public input.

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Following the comment period, input received will be consolidated and presented along with the final draft of the plan to the board of county commissioners, anticipated to take place in late April. The final step of the process will be the review and adoption of the plan by the FAA.

Ninety-five percent of the $595,000 planning project was funded through a grant from the FAA. The county partnered with Jviation, an airport planning firm based in Denver, to facilitate the process. For more information, contact Phillips at 970-328-2680.

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