Hoeven: FAA Awards Williston $26 Million for New Airport

Senator Worked to Secure $27 Million Last Year, Continues Effort to Advance Relocation and Expansion Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $26 million for the City of Williston’s airport expansion and relocation project. Today’s funding is in addition to the $27 million Hoeven worked to secure for the project last year.

“Williston’s new airport is a vital piece of transportation infrastructure for the entire region,” said Hoeven. “We’re working hard to secure funding and advance this project because this expansion and relocation project will have tremendous economic impact and help support long-term growth in Williston and western North Dakota.”

In July, Hoeven met with Williston leaders to help advance federal support for the city’s new airport expansion and relocation project, Sloulin Field International Airport. Hoeven said he will continue to work to secure additional funding for the city’s airport expansion and relocation project.

In May, Hoeven successfully included language in the Senate’s Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill to ensure that sufficient funding is available for projects like Williston’s Sloulin Field. Some airports, like Sloulin Field, are unable to grow their current facilities because of various physical constraints. The Hoeven provision, however, directs the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure sufficient funding is available to relocate these airports in a timely manner.

In 2014, Hoeven and the congressional delegation hosted Huerta on a visit to North Dakota to see firsthand the need for airport expansion and improvement projects in the state and brought him to Williston to see the city’s air transportation needs.