April 21, 2020

New airport runway project set to begin

New airport runway project set to begin

By Neal A. Shipman
Farmer Editor

Watford City’s airport will be undergoing its largest ever make-over as the Watford City Airport Authority has awarded contracts to Park Construction of Minneapolis and Strata Corporation of Grand Forks for a new airport runway project.
“We had a very successful bid process,” states Luke Taylor, airport manager, on the $24.125 million project. “The bids came in $2 million under the estimated cost.”
According to Taylor, the project will include the construction of a new 8-inch concrete 6,500-foot runway that will have 5,800-foot operational capacity, as well as a parallel taxiway.
While the airport authority had considered utilizing an 8-inch concrete runway, he says that the decision was made to go to the thicker runway because of the heavier corporate jets that are utilizing the airport.

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