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Friedman Memorial Airport Proceeds With Safety Project

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By Jay Michaels

Hailey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) This fall workers at Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey will be “making do with what they've got.”

The board at Friedman Memorial Airport has safety risks it wants to address. After choosing an option the Federal Aviation Administration approved, they created a plan.

Airport Manager Rick Baird says, "We found that we can, without expanding outside of our existing property footprint, we can provide a standard safety area at this airport. And that's the meat of the project that we're going to do in the next three years."

Airport officials want to eliminate the taxiway on the east side of Friedman, and move the west taxiway 70 feet from the current runway.

Local resident Becky Duncan says, "In the interim, we can be safe, we can have more opportunity. That would also provide local businesses with some more opportunities to help build the airport and generate some more revenue locally."

The rest of the project will include relocating some hangars, and creating new areas for aircraft to park. As a first step this fall, workers will move some of the utilities and prepare some areas for pavement work next spring.

Baird says, "We think the project will be somewhere between $25 and 35 million in the next three summers, because we are going to start this fall."

Baird explains now they have a plan, and just have to make it happen in the next two and a half years.

July 15, 2013.


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