Hot Springs County moves forward on plan for airport

Mar 13, 2012 The Associated Press

(AP) -- Hot Springs County commissioners have signed a memorandum of agreement over land to build a new airport.

The general aviation airport, which would be built for around $20 million, would be housed on nearly 500 acres on a different site from the current field.

County officials say the new Hot Springs County Airport would be nearly 9 miles from Thermopolis near the intersection of Highways 120 and 170.

County officials say they expect the new airport to be operational in four years.

Most of the funding for the airport would come from the federal government. Three percent would come from the state and 2 percent from local taxes.

Some residents have expressed concerns about noise and safety.

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