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Bids Opened for New Airport Terminal

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A proposed new airport terminal for Minot may end up costing more than expected - if federal funds needed for the project come through.

Bids were opened this morning for the project that was projected to cost close to 38 million dollars.

Those bids ranged from 40 million to 49 million dollars.

Airport Manager Andy Solsvig says the lowest bid - if it turns out to be valid - would be a workable number for the airport renovation project.

But he says there's a real danger that construction won't begin this fall as hoped.

That's because the Federal Aviation Administration hasn't approved a discretionary grant - perhaps as much as ten million dollars - that would make the financial arrangements work out.

(Andy Solsvig, Minot Airport Manager) "Being that we don't have the federal share in a discretionary grant, that could make or break whether we move forward. Right now in our conversations with the FAA, there might be available funding near the end of their fiscal year which is September. We don't know how much, there's no guarantee we will get a grant, and therefor it's quite possible we will not be able to start the project this fall."

Solsvig says the state has committed about 21 million dollars to the project.

If the FAA were to contribute ten million, it would leave about ten million to be covered through local bonds.

Solsvig says the bids that were opened today are in force for 90 days - so the FAA's decision on a grant will be known before the bids expire.

City officials are currently reviewing the bids to determine which will be considered the low offer and get the contract.

But bottom line for the project is this - Solsvig says it's likely construction on the new terminal won't get going this fall.

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