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A new Airport for St. George and the Surrounding Area

After nearly two decades of planning, studies and financial challenges, the new St. George Municipal Airport is about ready for take-off! The new airport, located five miles southeast of downtown St. George will be five times the size of the current mesa-top airport at 1,200 acres and accommodate jet aircraft to suit the needs of visitors and residents of southwestern Utah well into the future.

In the early 1990’s City of St. George officials recognized the eventual need for a larger airport that would someday accommodate jet aircraft. They began preliminary studies and examined every parcel of ground in and around the city suitable for an airport. After a lengthy selection process, on July 7, 1998 the old Civil Aviation Administration landing strip located in Washington County and southeast of St. George was approved by the city council as the preferred site. Some of the studies to address environmental impacts were met with controversy and required extensive research and more studies.

st-george-new-airportIn September of 2006, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Record of Decision allowing the city to move forward with planning and design of a new airport. The city immediately began working on a financial plan which included securing over $120 million in FAA grants as well as the sale of the existing property to fund the new airport. The goal was to build and operate the new facility without placing any kind of a tax burden on area residents. Later that year property was acquired and the terminal building, airport aircraft rescue and firefighting facility, fixed Base operations, general aviation, runways, taxiways, lighting and instrumentation were designed and began construction in the fall of 2008.

When open in January 2011, the new St. George Municipal Airport will be able to accommodate larger jet aircraft capable of carrying passengers to Salt Lake City and a number of other regional destinations currently not available. Thousands of acres of developable property adjacent to the new airport will spur long-term economic development growth for all of Washington County. Visitors to the area will find the new airport to be a convenient way to access St. George and surrounding communities which feature: Huntsman World Senior Games, St. George Marathon, St. George Ironman Triathlon, Tuacahn Amphitheater, 13 golf courses, state parks and easy access to four national parks and monuments including Zion National Park.

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About the new SGU Municipal Airport SGU airport construction


  • $123 million is being funded by the FAA.
  • $37 million is being funded from local sources including sale of the existing airport property as well as miscellaneous city and county revenues.
  • No property taxes, income, or sales tax is anticipated to be used for the City’s local share of the cost of this new airport


  • SGU is located five miles south-east of downtown St. George
  • 1203 acre site located in Southwestern Utah approximately 120 miles East of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Runway and Airport Facilities

  • 9,300 ft. (1.8 miles) runway expandable to 11,500 ft.
  • Built on 1,200 acres nearly five times the size of existing airport
  • Two 50 ft. full length parallel taxiways
  • Will meet all FAA safety requirements
  • Construction provides hundreds of local jobs in a difficult economic climate
  • Will accommodate regional jet aircraft, 737s and Airbus 319s
  • Access provided from the new Atkinville Interchange and new Southern Parkway which is part of the proposed regional beltway
  • More room for general aviation and fixed base operations
  • Full ILS instrumentation and navigational aids will be available
  • Completely expandable to allow the City to meet future needs of the community and area
  • Thousands of adjacent developable acres to accommodate economic development activities
  • Opportunities for other destinations and airlines if and when the market dictates
  • Great time to build because of low construction and material costs, with bids coming in at an average of 45% to 50% below 2007 estimates
  • New modern terminal building will be constructed
  • The total cost of the replacement airport is estimated at $160 million
  • Approximately $123 million is coming from FAA grants. These funds are generated by airline ticket sales, user taxes, fuel fees, and are not generated by federal income taxes. These funds can only be used for airport-related projects. Funds are collected nationwide; if the City does not use the approved grants, they will go to another airport project somewhere else in the country
  • Approximately $37.5 million in funding including the local match for the replacement airport is coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Washington County Transient Room Tax, City of St. George transportation fund, Water Services Department, Utah State and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA), Community Development Area (CDA) fund and fees collected at current airport.
  • Single 9.300 foot long and 150 foot wide runway with one full commercial service taxiway and one partial general aviation taxiway – Class D airspace.
  • 34,000 square foot, two story terminal. Special features include a greeting area, an enclosed garden and an architectural style emphasizing the beauty of local geology and vistas.
  • Design includes the latest all-weather instrument approach equipment including a variety of GPS, VOR/DME and ultimately ILS approach with MALSAR.
  • Fueling facilities.




Mid 1980s City recognizes possible need for new airport
June 1, 1995 Airport addressed in the City’s General Plan
September 23, 1995 Creamer and Noble/Bernard Dunkelberg and Associates retained to perform Site Study, Environmental Assessment and Master Plan
October 1, 1995 Begin Environmental Assessment study
April 3, 1997 City Council public hearing
July 31, 1997 Site visit held to all 3 sites (1, 1A and 2)
May 30,1998 Preliminary Draft Environmental Assessment sent to over 120 people representing state, federal and county government agencies and individuals interested in the proposed project, requesting their comments.
July 7, 1998 Public Environmental Assessment Meeting – City Council selected preferred site (1/1a)
May 19, 1999 Old Airport Redevelopment Plan initiated
May 24, 1999 Noise Study initiated in response to National Parks Service concerns
October 30, 1999 Benefit/Cost Analysis complete
October 30, 1999 Airport Master Plan complete
November 15, 1999 Financial Plan complete
December 6, 1999 Draft Environmental Assessment submitted to the FAA
March 2000  Draft Noise Study submitted to the FAA
June 16, 2000 Final Draft Environmental Assessment sent to 135 people representing  state, federal and county government agencies and other interested individuals, requesting their comments
January 30, 2001 FAA File Record of Decision (ROD)
December 2001 Grand Canyon Trust Law Suit Filed
July 2003 Preliminary geotechnical investigation
May 16, 2006 Environmental Impact Statement complete
August 21, 2006 Record of Decision (ROD) issued
September 2006 EIS ROD Issued
September 18, 2006 FAA Grant of $17.2 million
November, 2006 Initiated land acquisition
January 2007 PBS&J selected as airfield design consultantCreamer and Noble selected as off-site design consultantRS&H selected as terminal building and fire station design consultant
April 19, 2007 PBS&J contract issued – Airside Design
August 16, 2007 Creamer and Noble contract issued – Landside Design
September 6, 2007 RS&H contract issued – Terminal and Fire Station Buildings design
January 6, 2008 Letter of Intent (LOI) issued by FAA for funding commitment
January 23, 2008 Airport Redevelopment RFP Issued
February 2008 Building Development Standards ApprovedMinimum Standards for Commercial Operations ApprovedRules and Regulations for Aeronautical Activities Approved
March 20, 2008 RS&H contract issued – Terminal and ARFF Building Design
April 30, 2008 General Plan Amendment for Airport Development
August 15, 2008 Land Rights Complete
October 1, 2008 Grading and Drainage project begins
October 17, 2008 Groundbreaking Ceremony is held
December 18, 2009 Contract awarded to PBS&J to design NavAids, Paving and Lighting
December 18, 2009 FAA agreement approved to develop Final Instrument Approach Procedures
January 8, 2009 Cost-sharing agreement with development to install waste water line to Replacement Airport
January 8, 2009 Construction Management contact awarded to Alpha Engineering for Airport Water Tank
March 5, 2009 Awarded contract to Tri-Star Marketing for marketing effort to attract additional air carriers.
March 19, 2009 Contract awarded to RS&H to design the ARFF building
April 2, 2009 FAA Reimbursement Agreement signed to design a navigational aid facility and relocate the REIL lights, and AWOS to Replacement Airport
April 9, 2009 PBS&J awarded a contract to design the finish grading project
April 9, 2009 Began installation of off-site water line to Replacement Airport
April 16, 2009 Desert Hills awarded contract to construct the landside water line
April 23, 2009 Contract awarded to RS&H for Construction Management of the Replacement Airport Terminal Building
April 23, 2009 Construction contract awarded to Sunroc to construct the Replacement Airport water tank
April 23, 2009 Agreement signed with Washington City to delineate city boundaries near the Replacement Airport
May 7, 2009 Finish Grading contract awarded to Quality Excavation
May 7, 2009 Terminal Building construction agreement awarded to Westland Construction
May 27, 2009 Finish Grading project started
June 18, 2009 Desert Hills awarded contract to construct the Westside Joint Utility Trench
July 6, 2009 Notice To Proceed issued for construction of terminal building
July 30, 2009 Landmark Testing chosen to provide testing and quality control services
August 18, 2009 Quality Excavation awarded the Roadway and Parking contract
August 20, 2009 Quality Excavation was awarded the Airfield Paving and Lighting Project
September 2009 Begin construction of Airport Parkway and terminal parking
October 9, 2009 Passed FAA Flight Check
October 13, 2009 Award of Airport Parkway South to Quality Excavation
November 2009 Began construction of Banded Hills Drive access and utility improvements to West General Aviation area.
February 18, 2010 Agreement signed with Dixie-Escalante REA to install power lines for the airport pump stations and Westside general aviation areas.
February 18, 2010 Agreement approved by City Council for Quality Excavation to extent the joint utility trench to the FAA navigational aids area.
March 1, 2010 Began runway paving.
March 31, 2010 Completed runway paving.

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Utah 7 SGU Airport RoadThe Utah 7 Airport Road in St. George Utah is a partly completed expressway in the Southern Pkwy of Utah. The highway will ultimately loop on the east section of St. George in order to give access to the nearby airport and the surrounding developing areas. Furthermore, the interchange section on Interstate 15 is a single point interchange highway and the route is still partially completed, facing west from the overpass of the airport pkwy.

Highway Route

The Utah 7 highway is said to be extending as a circumferential highway that will connect the Interstate 15 on both ends. The intersection of Utah 7 and the Southern Pkwy will be built in the form of a freeway.

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Utah 7 Airport Road History

The southernmost tip of UT 7 Airport Road located in St. George Utah and Southern Pkwy intersection was already completed during the year 2011. The first four mile of the highway which is located in between the Interstate 15 Exit two as well as the River Road has been opened since July of 2009, while the second 3-mile segment that is in between the Airport Pkwy and River Road started to operate in November of 2010.

On the other hand, the interchange section that’s right in between the Utah 7 Road in St. George Utah and the Interstate 15 was first constructed as single point interchange highways instead of a high speed highway interchange.

A Guide to the Highway

The journey to the highway will start at the eastbound section along the intersection of Utah 7 and the east of Southern Pkwy which is just in between the Astragalus Drive in Exit one and Interstate 15. Afterwards, proceed to the intersection of east portion of Utah 7 in St. George Utah and Southern Pkwy which meets exit one in Astragalus Drive right on the southern portion of St. George, Utah. Next is to proceed to the east section of Astragalus Drive, in Utah 7 highway, and then go straight to the undeveloped vast areas which can be clearly seen in your way to the airport.

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You will have to take another exit on the intersection of Southern Pkwy east and the SGU airport Road in St. George Utah which is the exit three, north of River Road as well as the Mohave County which is south of Arizona. This area is approximately one mile. Afterwards, the intersection will approach the Mohave County which is on the south of Arizona and Exit three, north of River Road and will take approximately half a mile. Finally, the intersection of eastern portion of Utah 7  in St. George Utah and Southern Pkwy intersection meets the Exit three, river road and such interchange is situated in close proximity to the Arizona-Utah Stateline.

Driving through the Utah 7 Airport Roadway in St. George Utah will make you pass through some undeveloped rural land areas when you are on your way to the airport. However, these land areas are being anticipated for future use and eventually, new development project will soon take place on this area.


A Guide to the Utah 7 Airport Road in St. George Utah

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SGU Replacement Airport Construction Designers Vision

February 11, 2013

ST. GEORGE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT DESIGNERS VISION November 25, 2008 The designers for the new terminal for St. George were impressed by the transformation from pioneer days to modern St. George, as expressed in the poem Dixie Pioneers by Andrew Karl Larson. The poem begins “They came, and left their loved ones far away, Broke paths […]

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