• Michelle

The Provo Airport expansion project has now reached another significant milestone! The recently announced $9M Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) infrastructure grant brings the total to date from all governmental sources to approximately $47M.

Anticipated costs include $40M for the terminal and apron expansion with additional costs for parking, utility extension and road connections. The latest federal allotment from the Federal Aviation Administration is $9M designated for terminal expansion. City funding includes utility and road improvements, grant matches and internal projects for cost savings.

Of the 439 grants given nationally, the Provo Airport was #9 and was the only regional airport in the top ten. Provo is destined to be the second busiest commercial airport in the State upon completion. The cumulative governmental funding commitment shows not only the airport’s economic potential, regionally and statewide, but also our geographic ability to partner with the Salt Lake International Airport and other airports in the region to foster growth in commercial air service in the future.

To date, the Provo Airport has been awarded $23M from the FAA in infrastructure grants, with the latest $9M coming from the recently announced $1.187B in airport safety and infrastructure grants. According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the total includes $731M in Airport Improvement Program grants and an additional $45M in Supplemental Discretionary grants. The money will be available for 100 percent of the eligible costs under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. An industry report on these grants can be found athttps://www.flyingmag.com/story/news/dot-billion-in-airport-infrastructure-grants/?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email

Additional funding for the project is slated to come in the form of state and federal transportation funding, private funding, county tourism funding, and utility and parking expansion costs funded by the City. 

In addition to being on-target with our funding efforts, the Provo Airport is on-schedule for our anticipated opening in Spring 2022. Current construction includes vital dirt compaction work to ensure the ground is properly prepped for the project moving forward. This process can take up to nine months and is carefully and regularly monitored.

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This morning, joined by Commissioner Nathan Ivie and Utah County Health Department Executive Director Ralph Clegg, I released Provo’s COVID-19 recovery plan during a media conference in the City Council Chambers. The phrase “Proceed with Caution” captures the balance taken as Provo begins the process of cautiously opening the economy: forward momentum, but with the knowledge that risk still exists.

Traffic signs provide direction, signify danger, help us navigate unfamiliar territory and enable us to safety interact with each other—but only if the public voluntarily complies. Likewise, our success at conquering COVID-19 requires the same level of public cooperation.

A few highlights of the plan include:

  • Parks and Recreation facilities will open tomorrow morning at their regularly scheduled times, but with restrictions. This includes the recreation center, Peaks Ice Arena, Covey Center for the Arts, Provo Shooting Sports Park, parks, trails, open spaces and sports facilities such as tennis courts, basket ball courts, disc golf and skate parks;

  • The Provo Library is not physically open, but has launched a highly successful curbside delivery program;

  • The Senior Center will NOT open and senior programming will not resume until we are in “Yellow—Low Risk”;

  • All city customer service desks are open, but with strict safety protocols in place for both employees and citizens.

In addition to providing a comprehensive guide of safety protocols for both citizens and businesses for the transition to the “Orange Risk Level, I also introduced a community-wide voluntary pledge program with a vinyl cling that can be displayed at all participating businesses, at homes or on cars, to show the shared commitment by all to keep our community safe and moving forward.

Taking the lead from the State’s staged economic recovery plan, Utah Leads Together, Provo City has developed a safety-centric operational plan to gradually loosen restrictions, with the timeline driven by COVID-19 case data and recommendations from the Utah Department of Health. Please watch the video of the press conference below for all the details.

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  • Michelle

May is National Bike Month! While our day-to-day lives are much different this spring than in years past, thanks to bikes, a fun, convenient, and safe way to get around town and beyond is waiting right out your front door!

This year, we’re doing Bike Month a little differently than our usual Bike to Work Day and month long bicycling events. Starting today, we are encouraging everyone to get on a bike, go for a ride, and share the joy online together. 

To encourage others to participate in Bike Month and help foster active, healthy, connected communities we are launching a fun giveaway! Here are the details:

  1. Ride your bike during the month of May and take a picture of yourself doing it.

  2. Post it to social media (Instagram/Facebook/Twitter) with the hashtag #ProvoProud and be sure to tag @ProvoCity

  3. Make sure to post a picture every time you ride your bike this month. You will get an additional entry every time you share your ride online.

  4. People will be randomly selected to win prizes each week during the month of May! (Like gift cards to Provo restaurants, Provo Bike shirt, bike swag, etc.)

  5. And for bonus entries: People who bike to a business in Provo, purchase something, and take a photo of themselves doing that will be awarded two entries into the weekly drawing.

While we may be more isolated than we’re used to, bikes are helping us all ride it out together. We hope you will join us in peddling more during the month of May while keeping a safe 6ft distance!

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