ST. GEORGE — A southern Utah airport serving more than 200,000 commercial passengers a year will close for four months to let crews rip up and rebuild a runway undermined by unstable blue clay.
St. George Regional Airport manager Rich Stehmeier tells The Spectrum the closure is scheduled May 29 to Sept. 26.
Stehmeier calls the $25.8 million reconstruction project the "Big Fix."
It'll be mostly paid for with Federal Aviation Administration and federal infrastructure funds.
Plans call for digging 17 feet beneath the more than 1-mile-long runway and installing more stable material.
The airport handles Delta, United and American flights to Phoenix, Denver, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.