The Afton airport has closed for three days. Starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 22 and continuing to 6 a.m. Friday, July 25, the closure is accommodating ongoing construction.
Afton Airport Manager Rick Sessions reports a new parallel taxi way will be installed on the north end of the airport this summer to help improve safety with increased jet traffic in Afton.
“We could have a problem if one is coming in on final approach and another is starting to take off,” Sessions explained of the aircraft using the Afton facility. “This [north taxiway] gets the plane off of the runway.”
Additional improvements this summer include transferring the weather station from the east side of the airport to the west side, replacing older runway lights with improved lighting and repaving worn areas of the taxiway and parking ramp.
Paving for the entire project is expected to be completed by early September.
Cost of the Federal Aviation Administration project is $3 million, with $2 million coming from the FAA, $900,000 from the Wyoming Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division and $120,000 from local government funds.
“This will help us get the planes off of the runway quicker,” Sessions said of the improvements. “This is for safety.”
Kilroy LLC of Afton is the contractor for the project.