A number of
airport improvement projects began last week at Hector
International Airport. The $5.8 million airport
construction contract was awarded to Nodak Contracting
from Grand Forks, ND.
construction slight delays may be encountered due to the
closure of certain portions of the airport. Northwest
Airlines and United Express added a few additional
minutes to their schedules to allow for additional
taxiing time. This should not have any impact on the
connection times for passengers in Minneapolis, Chicago
improvement entails numerous projects around the airport
- The east/west runway
08/26 and taxiway 'C' will be extended 1,915 feet to the west-side of
- A portion of taxiway 'A'
will be reconstructed to allow it to be used as
a runway in 2004 when runway 17/35 is planned to
- A perimeter road will be
completed from the air cargo ramp to the
passenger terminal ramp. This will eliminate
airport service vehicles from having to drive on
the runways and taxiways to get to the different
areas of the airport.
- Cass County Drain 10 will
be rerouted on airport property to allow the
extension of the runway.
- Runway guard lights will
be installed on runway 08/26 at taxiway 'A ' and 'B'.
This will help deter aircraft and vehicles from
inadvertently crossing the runway.
- Runway 08/26 will be
grooved once the runway extension is complete.
The grooving process allows water to better
drain from the runway and also improves the
braking action of aircraft.
- Arm/disarm ramps will be
constructed for the North Dakota Air National
Guard. These ramps, one on north and south side
of the airport, will allow the ANG to service
the F-16 aircraft in close proximity to the
runway prior to departing and after arriving.
This portion is funded entirely by the NDANG.
This project was
initially scheduled to be completed over a two-year time
period (2001-2001) but should be completed by this
October. The project is funded by the Federal Aviation
Administration, Municipal Airport Authority, State of
North Dakota, and North Dakota Air National Guard.