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Heitkamp announces significant federal funding for Grand Forks International Airport

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today announced more than $700,000 in federal funding for Grand Forks International Airport to construct a taxiway.

These funds for the taxiway are part of ongoing improvements and upgrades at the Grand Forks airport, including the expansion of the terminal, reconstruction of the runway, and new general aviation and corporate areas.

“Building out and strengthening our aviation infrastructure in North Dakota is critical to making sure our economy continues to boom,” said Heitkamp. “After I brought the FAA Administrator to our state, including Grand Forks, this spring to look at the challenges our airports have faced, the Administration has followed through on its commitment to make smart and much-needed investments in North Dakota. With our rapidly-growing population and economic activity throughout the state, I’ll continue to press the FAA to make sure our airports get the resources they need to keep up with demand.”

The funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

In April, Heitkamp brought FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to North Dakota, including Grand Forks, to see firsthand the aviation challenges facing the western part of the state. During the visit, Huerta learned about the drastic rise in passenger enplanements, placing major stress on airport infrastructure. The next month, Heitkamp announced more than $17 million in federal funding for five airports across North Dakota, including more than $4 million for Grand Forks International Airport to help reconstruct a taxiway to meet FAA design standards. These new funds continue federal investments in Grand Forks International Airport.