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Airport Safety Improvements Eyed

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The Jackson Hole Airport Board is looking at the possibility of paving a 700-foot overrun on the southern end of the runway.  The idea is one of about ten that have emerged from a recent safety audit and results in part from a recent rash of runway excursions there.  Grand Teton National Park Spokesperson Jackie Skaggs says not only is such a project within the airport’s use permit, the park has been involved in the discussions from the outset. Skaggs points out that the other select options to increase safety at the airport are also very much within the facility’s operating agreement with the park. A similar paved overrun on the north end of the runway is not being considered since Skaggs says a majority of the excursions have occurred at the southern end of the runway.

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