Steamboat Springs The new manager of Steamboat Springs Airport is confident a runway maintenance project there will end on time and on budget.
"What more could you ask for?" rhetorically asked Matthew Grow, who took the reins at the city-run airfield last month. "The project's going really well, and I'm very pleased with the work. We've put one lift on the runway, and will be putting the second one on this week."
Grow expect the lifts or asphalt layers to be finished by Friday.
There will be electrical work, grading and painting to finish over the weekend, but Grow said the airport should reopen on Aug. 9.
"The runway's going to be really nice and pretty and smooth," he said. "Everybody's going want to come Rollerblade on it, but of course we won't allow that."
Some 40 aircraft are at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden until the overlay is complete.
The Federal Aviation Administration funds overlays like that being performed locally about once every 10 years. The last overlay Steamboat Springs Airport had was in 1986.
The overlay budget is set at $1.14 million; the city is paying $114,000.