New Mexico airports to share $17 million

Staff and wire reports

Airports around New Mexico, including those in Clovis, Fort Sumner and Tucumcari, will receive $17.3 million in federal grants targeted for airport safety and improvements.

Twenty-five airports and the state of New Mexico will receive money for projects ranging from building, repairing and extending runways to building taxiways.

The grants include:

• $1.1 million to rehabilitate a taxiway and repair lighting in Clovis;

• $127,120 to rehabilitate lighting on a runway in Fort Sumner;

• $1 million to rehabilitate a runway in Tucumcari.

Steve Summers, director at Clovis Municipal Airport, said a Clovis taxiway will receive a new layer of pavement.

“It’s cracked up in so many places … they’ll grind up the old asphalt and remove it, then reconstruct the top layer,” Summers said.

Summers said he expects the work, which includes upgrades to the airport’s lighting system, to be complete sometime this fall.

He said the Clovis airport has also received federal money enabling it to formulate a five-year plan to assess the airport’s future needs.

The federal grants include $1 million to Vaughn to build a new general aviation airport.

The money comes from the Federal Aviation Administration’s airport improvement program.