Friedman returns to duty on Tuesday | Transportation


Friedman Memorial Airport will reopen to the public tonight, Tuesday, May 17, for an inbound flight from Salt Lake City after a month-long major rehabilitation project that repaired the runway, taxiway and two aprons.

Over the past month, crews dug the top layer of the runway pavement to remove cracks and fractures, then poured about 22,000 tonnes of hot asphalt and leveled it. The airport’s south aircraft parking apron was removed with a rotary milling machine and replaced with four inches of new asphalt.

Other work on the $8.6 million project included construction of 20-foot-wide paved runway shoulders, installation of a new runway weather information system, installation new runway edge and end lighting, moving the runway perimeter fence to the south, constructing a new blast pad at the north end of the runway to reduce erosion, replacing traffic signs, sealing cracks in the taxiway and a second apron, and repainting the taxiway.

In late April, Blaine County collected about 8,000 to 10,000 tons of old asphalt from the runway and parking lot, which it plans to use to repair and pave the county’s roads, according to a statement from the April 30. The county also hired local excavation companies to help haul asphalt to the Blaine County Department of Roads and Bridges gravel pit.

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