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Zinke Announces $3.5 Million Grant for West Yellowstone Airport

September 6, 2016
Press Release

Zinke Announces $3.5 Million Grant for West Yellowstone Airport

(CONGRESS) September 6, 2016 – Today, Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke announced a $3,582,740 grant for the West Yellowstone Airport located in West Yellowstone, MT. The airport operates between June and September and serves both the tourism community and is the base for smokejumpers during wildfire season. Delta estimates about 8,000 commercial passengers go through the airport during the abbreviated season. As more people visit Big Sky, that number is only expected to grow.

Rep. Zinke said: “Montana has a vibrant outdoor economy which is supported by tourists from all over the world coming to photograph our parks, fish in our rivers, and hike in our forests. None of that is possible without a strong infrastructure. I’m happy to announce this grant and trust it will be put to good use to improve the airport and ensure the safe travel of our tourists and smokejumpers.”

This grant will provide federal funding for the Yellowstone Airport in Montana and will fund:

  • The mill and overlay of 8,400 feet of existing Taxiway T-1 and 1,875 feet of connector taxiway pavements that have reached the end of their useful lives.
  • The mill and overlay of 26,450 square yards of existing Apron A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4, and A-5 pavements that have reached the end of their useful lives.
  • The construction of a new 16 square yard concrete helicopter pad in the existing apron in order to improve the structural integrity of the pavement being used by helicopters.
  • The acquisition of 1 new vehicle gate and replacement of 7 pedestrian gates to improve airport operations and safety.
  • The replacement of retro reflective markers along the existing apron edge to enhance safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions.
  • The installation of a supplemental wind cone to meet the requirements of 14 CFR Part 139, improve safety, and provide pilots with critical airfield information.
  • The removal of trees in the Part 77 Approach and Transitional Surfaces for Runway 1/19.
  • Yellowstone Airport is a commercial service airport associated with West Yellowstone, Montana. The local point of contact is Ms. Debbie Alke, Administrator, Montana Department of Transportation, Aeronautics. Ms. Debbie Alke may be reached at (406) 444-9569.
  • Following this grant announcement, FAA will notify the sponsor of the allocation. A grant offer will be issued subsequently for this grant as finally formulated.

 

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