Williston’s new airport project is getting another shot of federal funding in addition to what it has already received.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced $13.1 million in funding to support construction of the new Williston Basin International Airport. That is in addition to the $83.9 million the FAA has already awarded to the project. The total commitment is $112 million.
City officials did not respond Wednesday afternoon to a request for more information about the grant’s purpose or the current status of the project.
Work to construct the airport has been ongoing, however, even through the winter months, to keep everything on schedule. Workers started pouring basement walls for the terminal building in February, and proceeded with steel and masonry work in March.
The schedule calls for completing the runway, taxiway and terminal building in 2019, as well as other construction needed to open the airport.
The runway and taxiway projects are still on schedule, according to a June airport update that the city released online. The security division also added a second guard shack for added safety and security.
The report said staging of materials for onsite water and wastewater utility projects will begin in July, as well as testing equipment and the paving on the runway.
Total cost of the Williston’s airport project is estimated at $231 million, with the federal government expected to pay half of that. The city and state will split the other half.
North Dakota’s Congressional delegation have repeatedly pushed for additional funding for the project, even bringing the FAA Administrator to Williston.
“A new airport serving Williston is fundamental to supporting the community as it continues to grow, including keeping pace with essential air services and energy industry needs,” said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. “This project has been years in the making, and I’m proud to have advocated for it throughout the process. After bringing the former FAA administrator to Williston, helping secure federal funds, and attending the groundbreaking ceremony, these new funds are another critical step to help make this critical airport possible for residents, businesses and visitors.”
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., is a member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, and said the project is vital to the Williston region. He helped secure language prioritizing funding for airports like Sloulin Field International, which was land-locked in its present location.
“The new Williston airport will provide much needed support for the area’s transportation, shipping and aviation demands, as well as room for future expansion,” Hoeven said. “That’s why I will continue to work to secure funding to improve vital infrastructure, like airports, in North Dakota and across our nation. In this way, we can help ensure our communities continue to grow and that we meet the demands of our economy.”