Aug. 02--WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded nearly $10.5 million in grants to the Minot International Airport, according to a press release.
The funds will go toward the airport's runway and apron project. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced in May the airport would receive approximately $9 million, but local officials stated they needed an additional $1.5 million, according to the release. The Federal Aviation Administration had received a request from the airport authority but hadn't given a decision, so they asked Hoeven to contact the agency about expediting a decision so the project could be completed this year.
The senator was notified Friday that the FAA had accepted his request for additional funding and awarded $1.47 million to the airport.
"The Minot region is growing at a tremendous rate, with more people traveling into and out of the city every year," Hoeven said in the release.
Hoeven is expected to visit Minot on Tuesday to review the progress on the terminal and other improvement projects for infrastructure and functionality at the airport.
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