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HAILEY, Idaho -- The Federal Aviation Administration is awarding a small central Idaho airport an $18 million grant for construction work on safety improvements.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports the Friedman Memorial Airport was awarded the money earlier this week as part of a series of federal grants expected to cover most of the cost of a $34 million construction project.

The work, intended to bring the airport near Sun Valley up to federal safety standards, includes moving one taxiway further from the runway and expanding and relocating a terminal. The project is expected to be complete by July 2015.

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