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Salida Airport was busy with runway refurbishing work this past week.

Planes on the apron at Salida Airport Harriet Alexander Field at sunset. Photo by Zech Papp.

Dibble Engineering and American Road Maintenance work crews were occupied with surface repairs and other work on the main runway, taxiways, and Harriet Alexander Field tarmac areas.

Airport Manager Zech Papp directed and supervised the work, which included crack filling and sealing, surface and edge renovation, which will be completed with final sealing and restriping all surfaces.

Air traffic at the field was shut down while some of the work was completed.


Workmen with American Road Maintenance use specialized equipment to fill cracks on the tarmac area at Salida Airport. Dan Smith photo.

American Road Maintenance and Dibble Engineering  had contracts approved for the runway refurbishing, engineering and construction servicing totaling more than $367,000.

Funding for this year’s projects is provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and other sources. These funds will total an estimated $670,000 in available monies.

The FAA this year has determined to fund 100 percent of the projects, which usually require some matching funds from city and county, according to Papp.

An additional $30,000 in grant funds were provided from the federal CARES Act financing, available to local transportation entities specifically to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Featured image: Salida Airport Manager Zech Papp, left, talks with workers from Dibble Engineering as they refurbish a runway at Harriet Alexander Field. Photo by Dan Smith