Eagle airport to close summer, ’09 | VailDaily.com

Eagle airport to close summer, ’09

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Travelers may have to fly out of Denver instead of Eagle next summer if the airport gets federal money to do runway improvements.

The Eagle County Airport will have limited service in the summer of 2009 while crews re-pave and extend the runways.

The construction is planned to start in April 2009 and will last for three to four months, said County Communications Director Justin Finestone.

The improvements will add 1,000 feet to the runway, and the reconstruction project will repair the existing runway and add lights and signs. The extension was originally planned for this summer.

While the work is done, there will be limited flights. Only the taxiway will be in use, so only smaller planes will be able to use the airport, said County Manager Bruce Baumgartner.

However, officials are not sure if the project will get funded right now.

The project will cost more than $22 million. Most of the funding is coming from federal grants, which U.S. Congress has yet to approve.

“Congress has yet to act on the bill, so we won’t have any final numbers until later this year,” Finestone said.

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