The Colorado Springs  Airport received an $11.6 million grant to rehabilitate 4,000 feet of taxi lanes.

The pavement in the lanes is 23 years old and has reached the end of its useful life, according to a press release from Sen. Michael Bennet’s office announcing the grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The money includes $8 million in discretionary funds from the administration.


“This federal grant will provide crucial resources to improve the taxiways serving Colorado Springs Airport and Peterson Air Force base,” Bennet said. “With over two decades of wear and tear, these taxiways are due for some major upgrades.”

Bennet fought to include the AIP in the 2012 FAA Reauthorization. The program is designed to aid the development of public-use airports that make significant contributions to national and regional air transportation.