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Riverton airport unveils taxiway upgrade

Riverton airport unveils taxiway upgrade

Oct 19, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The modifications should make it easier for pilots to navigate the facility.

Riverton Regional Airport manager Paul Griffin gave a tour of the completed taxiway "C" rehab and general aviation apron reconstruction project Friday.

The project began in July after getting approval from the Riverton City Council. Poor pavement conditions, confusing directions and other small issues called for a remodel of the taxiway that is used by aircrafts and connects runways, terminals and hangars. New signage, Griffin said, also would make it easier for fixed based operator pilots and their aircrafts to maintain an easy flow.

"It gives them better guidance to where to go park and refuel," Griffin said.

A grant helped pay for the $1.3 million project that received a 93.75 percent contribution from the Federal Aviation Administration, 3.75 percent from the Wyoming Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division and 2.5 percent from the City of Riverton.

Project changes included an extended slab outside the fire station, different concrete markings, new layers of pavement and a gate that lifts to open and provides faster access for fire trucks and other vehicles.

Airport Board chairman Jim Matson, who attended the tour, said he was glad to see the improvements and commended Riverton public works director Bill Urbigkit for pursuing the grant.

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