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Largest Ever Hector Airport Construction Project Begins
May 4, 2004

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Major work kicked off Monday on the largest ever construction project at Hector International Airport.  The main runway, referred to at runway 17-35, is being removed and will be replaced in a 5 month time frame.

Construction PictureThe current runway is 9,546 feet long by 150 feet wide.  The concrete is approximately 22 inches thick and was last overlaid in 1970.  The new runway will be 9,000 feet long and slightly less in thickness but equivalent in strength.  The general contractor for the project is Shafer Construction of Shafer, MN.

The runway will be removed and hauled to a location just south of the passenger terminal building. A portion of the existing concrete will be crushed, reused and the remainder will be stockpiled.Construction Picture

Northwest and United Express will operate their scheduled flights from a temporary runway that was converted from an existing taxiway.  Operations should not be impacted significantly although there may be delays during times of fog and bad weather.  The newly constructed runway should open on October 1.

This project is scheduled to be completed over a two-year time period (2004-2005). The project is funded by the Federal Aviation Administration, Municipal Airport Authority, State of North Dakota, and North Dakota Air National Guard.


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