Steamboat Springs City Council to consider airport items

Projects part of master plan and will improve safety

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Editor's note: The date of the meeting has been corrected below.

Two items related to the Steamboat Springs Airport will appear on the City Council’s agenda March 20.

City Council members will consider whether to approve a resolution to use grant funding to relocate a portion of Routt County Road 44 and will consider a first reading of an ordinance to buy land near the airport.

Public Works Director Philo Shelton said the Colorado Division of Aeronautics awarded the city $400,000 this year to relocate about 1,900 feet of the dirt C.R. 44 because the road is beneath the airport’s runway protection zone. He said it would be moved about a half-mile north where Woodchuck Ditch crossed C.R. 129.

“It basically moves C.R. 44 out from under the runway protection zone,” Shelton said.

The total project cost is $444,000, which includes a $44,000 city match.

Shelton said he’s still working with a nearby landowner to acquire the necessary right-of-way to move the road. He said that would determine when the three-month-long project would start, but the city anticipates that to happen in late summer or early fall.

City Council members also will consider a first reading of an ordinance to buy about six acres next to the existing airport runway taxiway from Airport South LLC. Shelton said a deal for the city has been reached, pending City Council approval.

Expanding the taxiway from south of the airport terminal building to the south end of the runway is estimated to cost $7 million, Shelton said. He said there is no timeline for the project, which is part of the city’s 10-year airport master plan.

Shelton said the projects were important for the continued improvements at Steamboat Springs Airport.

“These projects are part of our airport master plan so we keep pursuing the projects on the list,” he said. “They’re good safety improvements for the airport.”

To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com

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