Hoeven Announces $20 Million in Funding to Build New Williston Airport
WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $20 million to support construction of the new Williston Basin International Airport. Hoeven helped break ground on the new airport last year.
“Williston has experienced rapid growth, and Sloulin Field International can no longer properly accommodate this increased demand,” Hoeven said. “This has led to the need for a new airport and I worked not only to secure federal funding for the project, but also to allow airports like Williston’s to relocate and expand as needed. The new airport will have a tremendous economic effect and will help support the long-term growth of western North Dakota and the Williston area. Today’s funding will help advance this important project.”
Through his work on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven authored a provision to help existing airports, like Williston’s Sloulin Field International, that are in critical need of expansion or relocation, but unable to grow their current facilities due to physical constraints. The measure directs the FAA to ensure sufficient funding is available to relocate these airports in a timely manner.
The senator also helped secure funding earlier this year for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), through which the FAA has already provided $54.6 million in funding for the Williston Airport. With today’s award, the FAA has now provided $74.6 million of a total of $112 million for the cost of the new Williston Basin International Airport.
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