- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - A consultant says planned improvements at the Aspen airport will require the facility to shut down for at least one 60-day period in the offseason, but that won’t happen until 2017 or later.

The Aspen Times reported Tuesday (https://tinyurl.com/q6qxpng ) the changes include moving and widening the runway to accommodate newer planes with wider wingspans.

The project would also involve upgrades in the terminal and the addition of a second fixed-base operator, a business that provides fuel, parking and other services to private planes.

Project consultant J.D. Ingram told the Aspen City Council on Tuesday the shutdown would occur between 2017 and 2022. He says a second 60-day shutdown might also be required.

Cost estimates range from $121 million to $132 million.


Information from: The Aspen Times, https://www.aspentimes.com/

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