Colorado Springs Airport Honored for Runway Project

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –  The Colorado Springs Airport (COS) is pleased to announce the 2021 pavement rehabilitation project to its west runway – Runway 17R/35L, was selected as the recipient of the “Best in Colorado” award in the airport category by the Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association.

“This project was a big undertaking logistically for airport staff, so we’re honored to receive this accolade and, just as importantly, for completing the project in record time with minimal impact to our aviation tenants and users,” said, Brett Miller, Assistant Director of Operations. The runway was closed for only 90 days while the project was completed.

COS received the award at the Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association’s 28th Annual “Best in Colorado” Asphalt Pavement Awards Program on February 9, 2022. 

The expected life of the airfield's asphalt is roughly 20 years, and this runway was last rehabilitated in 2002.  Approximately 85,000 tons of asphalt was used to rehabilitate the runway, and over 20 percent of that was recycled asphalt. The rehabilitation of the pavement will extend that life at least until 2041.

“RS&H and Kiewit were incredible partners during this project and were consistently ahead of schedule throughout the process,” said Greg Phillips, Director of Aviation. Another key partnership in this project was with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The $18 million cost was paid for by a grant from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which is supported by the FAA. No local taxes were used for this construction project.

Colorado Springs Airport’s small size means small commutes, small lines, and small waits. It means friendliness, safety, and comfort. It also means big options on daily nonstop flights and hundreds of connections worldwide. Colorado’s small airport was named one of the Best Workplaces for 2021 by the Gazette. For more information visit, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram.­

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