Rock Springs Sweetwater County Airport Received $728,000 in Federal and State Grants

September 14, 2015

ROCK SPRINGS, WY ─ The Rock Springs Sweetwater County Airport (RKS) was recently awarded a total of $700,000 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant funds and $28,000 in Wyoming Department of Transportation grant funds to make improvements to the Runway Safety Area for Runway 9/27, the airport’s air carrier runway. The project includes clearing & grubbing, excavation, electrical, and seeding work. Construction is expected to begin October, 2015.

“This grant is further evidence of the FAA’s continued support of Rock Springs Sweetwater County Airport’s role as a commercial airport in Southwestern Wyoming,” said Airport Manager, Devon Brubaker. “These funds will not only help boost safety and compliance with new federal airport design standards, they will help ensure that the airport continues to grow as a major economic engine for Sweetwater County.”

The total project cost is $746,667. The FAA grant requires a 6.25% match of which the Wyoming Department of Aviation will cover 3.75% ($28,000) and the remaining 2.5% ($18,667) will be covered by the Rock Springs Sweetwater County Airport Board with assistance from Sweetwater County and the City of Rock Springs.

“Safety is paramount at RKS. Therefore during construction which is expected to last 4-6 weeks, there will be periodic runway closures. However, these closures will be scheduled so as not to interfere with the commercial flight schedule, subsequently minimizing the impact to our passengers. General aviation traffic will be able to use the airport’s 2nd runway during these closures,” said Brubaker.

The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) is a federal grant-in-aid program that represents a major source of funding for airport development and planning. Funding is supported from user fees, fuel taxes and other revenue sources. Each fiscal year, the FAA apportions Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds into major entitlement categories. The FAA distributes the remaining funds to a discretionary fund. Airports throughout the nation compete for discretionary funding to help finance capital improvement projects. The FAA distributes these funds to projects that best carry out the purpose of the AIP, with highest priority given to safety, security, reconstruction, capacity and standards.