Study nears completion

Consultants' review focuses on airport safety and expansion


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— A study reviewing the Steamboat Springs Airport master plan is nearing completion, as consultants hired to conduct the study are finishing up final recommendations made Thursday night by the city's Airport Steering Committee.

"We met to answer questions and comments they have had for the draft of the plan we presented," said Dennis Corsi, vice president of Armstrong Consultants, an airport engineering and planning firm based in Grand Junction.

"We received their review comments, and they requested some clarifications on some of the items that are in there that may not be clear from a layperson's standpoint," he said. "The draft report was a compilation of six separate working papers developed over the past year. This was the second time they saw each of those papers."

Corsi said the firm is advising additional and expanded taxiways, new hangars and a longer runway at the 255-acre airport site on Routt County Road 129.

"But first of all, we advise the city to continue to operate the airport in a safe and efficient manner," he said. "And also to (continue) maintaining all the existing pavements in a safe and operable manner, and to accomplish safety-type projects such as replacing the safety airport wildlife perimeter fence. Large game does not mix well with aircraft."

Armstrong Consultants have previously said that a 600-foot runway expansion would cost about $10 million, but the Federal Aviation Administration and state grants would cover 97.5 percent of that cost.

Justin Pietz, a project planner with Armstrong, said a draft of the master plan is available in City Hall on 10th Street. The consulting firm plans to post a finalized plan on its Web site next week.

"Before we submit the airport layout plan to the Steamboat Springs City Council in February, we are waiting on the FAA to review the plan's drawing set," he said. "They have 60 to 90 days for review on that. If the FAA changes anything, we'll go back in and make some corrections, and if not, then we will be ready to go final."

Corsi added that the city is not tied to whatever recommendations are made in the master plan.

"This is a road map for the airport with 20 years' worth of safety maintenance projects in it," he said. "It does not obligate the city to move forward with any projects, nor does it guarantee funding from city, state or federal sources. It's up to the city to request funds to meet the needs for each year of the plan."

The airport's previous master plan was developed when the airport supported commercial flights. As those flights moved to the Yampa Valley Regional Airport, the Steamboat Springs Airport, also known as Bob Adams Field, turned to general aviation use.

"If and when the city approves the master plan, basically it provides a 20-year plan for the airport," he said. "The master plan itself was prepared to reflect the current role and aircraft that use the airport in general aviation capacity."


sickofitall 9 years, 4 months ago

err.... we are going to keep subsidizing this private airport?


bubba 9 years, 4 months ago

Do these studies take air quality into consideration? Don't worry, I'm not talking about global warming, or any phenomenon outside our little valley, just the fact that our little valley has a temperature inversion more often than not, which means that pollutants sink to the valley floor (where we live and work) and get stuck there. I'm no airport consultant, but it seems that with a flight pattern that essentially runs down lincoln, bringing jets (I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe jets spew more exhaust than other planes) into this airport will just mean that we will all be breathing more toxic fumes more often, for a minor benefit for a very small group of people.

This seems to be another case of consultants justifying their salary- of course an airport consultant is going to propose a better airport, the same way a rec center consultant tells us we need a big rec center. To the vast majority of us, expanding the airport would basically equate to spending tax dollars on poison for our air, with no benefit to anyone except for a handful of folks lucky enough to have private jets.


effdover 9 years, 4 months ago

What the ???? That's a snow job saying the FAA will foot the bill. Nice try.

Take a look at how much the City pays for that airport every year and find a way to justify it. You can't.

Then is their plan to compete with YVRA so the spoiled little private plane owners don't have to drive 20 minutes to Hayden? And that's worth millions of taxpayers' dollars a year?

This sounds like another special interest group wanting the taxpayers to fund their idea of a perfect world.


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