JH Airport Board approves contract for runway design

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Jackson Hole Airport Board yesterday approved a contract for the design and environmental process for a new runway.

Board members met remotely with members of the public attending by viewing a live feed and calling in to give public comment on the WebEx platform. The airport board heard from town and county liaisons as well as members of the public during the meeting.

A design contract and environmental process were discussed and approved regarding a new airport runway targeted for spring 2022. Day counts will be minimized through construction efficiency by importing materials before construction, 24/7 work, on-site batch plants, and more.

“We will be in communication with the Chamber, local businesses, lodging partners and community organizations regarding information throughout this process and letting them know what we know as early as possible,” said airport board president Jerry Blann. “Airport runways, like roadways, have to be rebuilt from time to time, planning for the future ensures that we are ahead of the game and addressing future needs in a timely and efficient manner.”

When discussing the runway design and construction, many airport board members highlighted the need to coordinate with the best environmental practices to guarantee runoff and water is captured and treated.

“The FAA recognizes that JAC is the only commercial service airport in a national park and they have been historically supportive of environmental initiatives regarding surface water runoff and water quality,” said airport director Jim Elwood. “The expectation from our community and what we place on ourselves is to operate our airport to the highest environmental standards.”

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