Walker gets the green light for cargo facility

Federal grant agreement boosts preparation for air cargo facility in Colorado, US.

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Site preparation for a planned air cargo facility at Walker Field Airport, based in Colorado, US, will continue as the result of a federal grant agreement approved last month by the airport's board of directors.

Rex Tippetts, Walker Field Airport's manager, said: “The grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, the amount of which is undisclosed, will pay to put approximately 145,000 cubic yards of additional fill dirt at the site of a proposed new air cargo facility."

The project will put in place about two-thirds of the fill dirt needed to make the site level with the aircraft ramp on the south side of the main runway. Tippetts said the remainder of the fill project could be completed in 2009.

Construction of an air cargo facility for use by air-freight companies serving Walker Field has been part of the airport's plan for several years. The facility would serve as a place for air cargo companies to transfer freight from aircraft to trucks.

The airport board also approved a US$200,000 grant agreement to help pay for planning the reconfiguration and reconstruction of Walker Field Drive, the main road that leads to the airport.

The grant will also help pay for planning that the federal Bureau of Land Management requires from the airport before transferring federal land to the airport for future expansion.

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