The Idaho Mountain Express reports
that the Friedman Memorial Airport runway will be closed for 25 days next spring and again in spring 2015 for construction. The dates for this spring are tentatively set for April 28-May 22.
The work is the second phase of a multi-phase project to meet congressionally mandated standards for aircraft ground operations. The taxiway on the west side of runway will move 70 feet from where it is now to create more space between planes while taxiing and taking off or landing. Many of the airport’s facilities need to be moved to create space for the move. The east side taxiway will be demolished since Highway 75 prevents it from relocating further east.
A spokesperson from SkyWest said the airline hasn’t decided what to do with its flights between Sun Valley and Salt Lake CIty during the closure. Alaska Airlines flights to Seattle and Los Angeles as well as United Express flights to San Francisco are not scheduled to fly in the spring and won’t be affected by the closures.
Improvement plans also include terminal expansion and relocation of hangers.