April 15, 2021
At 0600 Z on Monday, April 18, Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN), in Hailey, ID, will temporarily close for approximately 30 days to undertake a major runway, taxiway and apron rehabilitation project.
The airport will be closed to all operations during the project, with its scheduled conclusion at 1200 Z on Wednesday, May 18.
“During this work, we expect an increase in traffic at Twin Falls/Joslin Field (TWF) and Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field (BOI),” said Dean Snell, manager of NBAA Air Traffic Services. “If demand exceeds the capacity at TWF and BOI, ATC air traffic management initiatives in the form of miles-in-trail restrictions or a ground delay program may be implemented.”
During the closure, crews will mill and inlay Runway 13-31 and install a runway surface condition system. They will build paved shoulders and a blast pad, replace runway signs and relocate the perimeter fence. The rehabilitation of Taxiway B and Section 3 Apron will include crack sealing, fog sealings and remarking the rehabilitated pavement. Crews also will rehabilitate Section 1 Apron with milled and pavement inlays.
The $8.6 million project, fully funded by FAA grants, will be completed in four phases to minimize closure and service interruption at the airport. In addition, the airport authority is investing $1.3 million in significant improvements to the parking lot.
“We acknowledge this critical rehabilitation project may pose some inconvenience, we hope our community recognizes the importance of this effort in ensuring a safe and well-maintained airport for the long-term viability of our region, as well as the local jobs it helps sustain,” said Airport Director Chris Pomeroy.