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JACKSON, Wyo. — Jackson Hole Airport officials want to add a 700-foot paved safety overrun to the south end of the runway.

National Park Service and town of Jackson officials say they support construction of the safety pavement, which is now a gravel area.

The extension of an existing 300-foot safety apron is being proposed after decades of resistance to a runway expansion from some Jackson Hole residents due to the airport's location in Grand Teton National Park.

Airport director Ray Bishop tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that the proposed overun area would improve the airport's safety.

Bishop emphasized that the overrun would not be used as an extension of the runway and would not mean the airport could receive bigger aircraft.

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