PROVO — With funding from the Utah Legislature approved late Thursday, Provo Municipal Airport’s new terminal project is now fully funded.

Building the four-gate terminal is estimated to cost about $41 million, and now that all funds are secured, the city could break ground this fall and cut the ribbon as early as 2020.

Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi said she was “beyond excited” about the Legislature’s approval.

“This landmark decision stands to impact our region in a positive way for decades to come,” she said in a news release. “A number of legislators were key on this, but none so much as (House Majority Leader) Francis Gibson, who really championed this effort from its early stages through the final hours of the session when the funding came through.”

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

Passengers are dropped off at the entrance to the Provo Airport on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.

The state money came through SB268, which authorized existing bond money to be used for a number of transportation projects across the state, including $9 million for the Provo airport. It was introduced late in the session on March 8 and sponsored by Gibson, R-Mapleton.

The Legislature was at an impasse over the budget earlier this week due to tax reform, raising worries that the money might not be approved. The initial bill asked for $1.6 billion in new bonds, but was amended in the Legislature’s final hours to remove that request.

“We could get caught up with a lot of other funding requests in that battle,” Isaac Paxman, Provo deputy mayor, said earlier in the week.

He added that most lawmakers support the project.

“There’s great support from everyone that we’ve been able to talk to, there’s a lot of hope and a lot of momentum for this project especially now that we’ve got the county funding piece in place,” Paxman said. “That to us seems to signal that the legislators recognize this is a rare opportunity to boost the economy and the convenience and quality of life by helping us get a four-gate terminal in Provo.”

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

The entrance to the Provo Airport is pictured on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.

Utah County commissioners approved $4.3 million in funding Tuesday.

“I’m thrilled that the county commissioners have thrown their enthusiasm and their financial support behind this project,” Kaufusi said after that vote. “The decision to fund this terminal is the kind …read more

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Provo airport now fully funded, could break ground this year

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