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North Dakota Airports Awarded Grants for Improvements

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More than $17 million in federal funding will soon be on its way to five airports across North Dakota. 

In April, Heitkamp and Senator John Hoeven brought FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to North Dakota to see the aviation challenges facing the western part of the state. They say Huerta was also able to get a firsthand look at North Dakota's incredible unmanned aerial potential.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp says there are much-needed investments to North Dakota's airport infrastructure. 

"North Dakota's aviation industry is growing by the day, and I'm confident we'll continue to be leaders for years to come," said Heitkamp. "Across the state, and particularly in energy-impacted regions, it's important that we continue to make critical investments in our infrastructure so increased demand can be met and pilots and air passengers remain safe."

The funding, made available through grants, will support improvements to Minot International Airport, Grand Forks International Airport, Devils Lake Regional Airport, Jamestown Regional Airport, and help with the construction of a new airport in Bowman, ND.

The Grand Forks International Airport is getting $4,146,407 in grants to be used to help reconstruct a taxiway to meet FAA design standards. The Jamestown Regional Airport will receive $806,937. The funds will be used to acquire a new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting vehicle to help the airport meet existing safety requirements.

In western North Dakota, Minot International Airport will receive $8,967,973. The funds will be used to construct a new taxiway, eliminating the need to back-taxi on the runway. Devils Lake Regional Airport is getting $1,212,729, which will be used to acquire a new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting vehicle to help the airport meet existing safety requirements.

$2,150,000 will go to the Bowman County Airport Authority. The funds will be used to construct a new airport and meet increased air travel demands due to energy development in western North Dakota. Funds will also help provide essential medical access, meet FAA design standards, install utilities and wildlife airport perimeter fencing, and construct a snow removal equipment storage building.

These infrastructure improvements will help allow North Dakota's airports to keep up with the growing economy, population, and demand for air travel.
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