May 15, 2019, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced the intent to award $779 million in supplemental funding for infrastructure grants to 127 airports in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. “This supplemental funding allows us to invest in important infrastructure needs at the nation’s airports, especially those serving smaller and rural communities,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. Under the Secretary’s leadership, the FAA is administering the supplemental funding to strengthen the safety and efficiency of America’s airports.
The runway rehabilitation project has been identified in the City Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) since 2014 with a total estimated cost of $5.3M. The City funding planning for the project included use of FAA Airport Improvement Grant, Colorado Division of Aeronautics Grant, airport entitlement funds, and City of Wray match. The 2019 City budget included local matching funds for the project.
On March 23, 2018, the President signed H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 providing the FAA an additional $1 billion in discretionary grants. In October 2018, the City of Wray submitted supplemental funding requests to the FAA Airport Improvement Program 2018-2020 Supplemental Funding for 100% funding for improvements to the Wray Municipal Airport Runway, Taxiway, and Lighting Construction.
The City of Wray has been awarded $5.75M of FAA FY-2018 Supplemental Appropriations. This award will provide full funding for the Runway Rehabilitation project, eliminating the City required local matching funds and making available the use of FAA entitlement funds for other Wray Municipal Airport priority projects.
The Runway Rehabilitation project design was completed earlier this year. Bidding for the project was completed earlier in this month. Construction at the Wray Municipal airport is slated to begin this fall with a project start date of September 16, 2019.