The Grand Forks International Airport has received $1 million in federal funds for upgrading its runway lighting.
“It’s very good news to get funding for that project,” Airport Executive Director Patrick Dame said.
The $1 million will go toward upgrading lighting at the airport’s smaller runway, which is for general aviation, not major airline carriers, Dame said.
The lighting on the general aviation runway is more than 30 years old. The upgraded lighting will be more energy efficient, Dame said.
Now that the funding is available, the process of upgrading the lights will begin in about two weeks, Dame said. It should be done by winter.
“We appreciate the help from our Congressional Delegation in getting that funding,” Dame said.
U.S. Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., announced the funding, which came from the Federal Aviation Administration, through news releases today.