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St. George airport to close for runway rehab

The St. George airport. (Credit: Chris Caldwell, The Spectrum and Daily News)

ST. GEORGE, Utah — The St. George Regional Airport 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 (1.6 kilometer) long runway and installing more stable material.

St. George is about 120 miles (193 kilometers) from Las Vegas and 275 miles (443 kilometers) from Salt Lake City.

The airport, which serves more than 200,000 commercial passengers a year, handles Delta, United and American flights to Phoenix, Denver, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.