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The Minot International Airport has been awarded a grant of more than $2 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to help with the final phase of taxiway and apron construction projects.
The project includes the reconstruction and expansion of the cargo apron and a portion of the taxiway that provides access to that area east of the passenger terminal. The apron was originally built in 1953 and received an asphalt overlay in 1987.
Airport Director Rick Feltner said the taxiway and apron need to be replaced, as their condition has deteriorated. The latest pavement condition index rated the area at 26 out of 100. The area is adjacent to the recently constructed Fed Ex facility, and needs to be expanded to accommodate increases in cargo processing and the size of cargo aircraft.
“Completing this project will set us up for the ability to safely accommodate the expected growth in the aviation cargo sector in the coming years,” Feltner said. “As with our growth on the passenger side of the business, it is critical that we position ourselves for success as the opportunities arise.”
Feltner said design work is complete, and the project is anticipated to go to bid in April, with construction starting as soon as possible after the bidding process is complete. The project’s expected cost of $3.36 million will be shared between the FAA (90%), the State Aeronautics Commission (5%) and the City of Minot (5%).