BISMARCK, N.D. — The city of Bismarck awarded more than $20 million in contracts for the first phase of Bismarck Airport’s runway project on Wednesday.

The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/2dmuDyR ) reported that Bismarck City Commission named Strata Corp. of Grand Forks the general contractor with a $19.37 million bid. Edling Electric was awarded the electrical contract for more than $781,000.

According to airport manager Greg Haug, the city has budgeted $24.3 million in 2017 for the first part of the three-phase project. Additional funding for the projects will come from the Federal Aviation Administration, the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission, airport cash reserves, a revenue bond, passenger fees and financing from the city.

“The bulk of that construction will take place next summer. It will consist of 2,200 feet of the south end of the main runway,” said Haug.

Haug said the first phase will be complicated because some airport operations will have to move. He estimated the construction will start in May and finish in November.

The second phase will start in the spring of 2018. The project will focus on 5,500 feet in the midsection of the runway and will cost $32 million, according to Haug.

The final phase will replace 1,100 feet of runway in the north section and will cost $12 million.

“Some parts of the pavement are from 1952, 1957, from the 1960s and the 1970s. After so many decades, it’s just time to reconstruct,” Haug said. “It’s just starting to get bad from underneath. We have no edge or underside drainage of the pavement.”

Airport officials have been working with airlines for the past two years to possibly adjust flight sizes, but he said service should not be interrupted by the runway project.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com