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Minot Airport Counting on Federal Funds

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A large part of the funds needed are now in place for the airport project in Minot that has recently broken ground.

A new terminal about three times the size of the current one should be ready for passengers by late 2015.

In fact, the terminal itself is funded with federal, state and city dollars in place to build the facility.

But what about getting planes to it?

Taxiway and apron funding is still in the works -- but airport manager Andy Solsvig is confident the Federal Aviation Administration will come through with the 18 million dollars needed for the work.

 (Andy Solsvig - Minot Airport Manager) "They did give us assurances that this would be a good time to go out to bid on the project so that will be submitted this week and we have 30 days to open bids and once bids are opened we have about 90 days to receive a grant. We are hoping the FAA will be able to announce a grant within the next 120 days from now." 

Foundation work has started on the terminal portion of the project.

Overall, the pprice tagshould reach near 75 million dollars when you consider all the work that will be done...

Solsvig says in talking with the FAA, they have stressed that when complete...the whole project needs to be done -- not all but a a spot for the jets.

 (Andy Solsvig) "Our argument is that we would hate to build a new terminal building and not have anywhere to park the aircraft so the taxiway would be completed hopefully this year, and then the apron work may or may not start this year but we feel confident that if we can get funding this year and start next spring at the latest, it would be completed in time so that we would have a parking area." 

The 18 million needed for the concrete work for a taxiway and apron would be needed over the course of a few years.

The taxiway and phase one of the apron would be completed first -- with more apron work to follow in coming years.

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