Minot International Airport lands grants for upgrades

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MINOT, N.D. - More than $2 million is headed to Minot's airport from the federal government for some major projects.

Minot International Airport will use the money from the Federal Aviation Administration to fund the expansion of the cargo apron and parts of the taxiway.

“As soon as the F.A.A actually releases the funds which we expect to be sometime late spring, early summer, we'll be ready to get a shovel in the ground and get this project going,” Minot airport director, Rick Feltner, told Your News Leader.

Feltner said the renovations are overdue.

“If you zoom in on it you can see how bad the pavement is,” Feltner said while viewing a picture of the current apron.

The expansion will also make it possible for more cargo to be processed. Feltner says that he expects growth in this sector in the coming years.

“An increase in cargo flights and cargo pounds and when that comes, we want to make sure that we are ready with an area that is large enough to accommodate it,” Feltner said.

The total project will cost a little more than $3 million. The Federal Aviation Administration will fund 90 percent of the construction, the State Aeronautics Commission will fund 5 percent and the city of Minot will also fund 5 percent. Feltner said the initiative was a collaborative effort.

“Together we look at projects from a priority standpoint which we think are the most important and then together we kind of go forward on implementing these projects,” said Feltner.

The city says the project will most likely go to bid in April, and construction will start soon after.