Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today announced the awarding of a federal grant in the amount of $1,096,703 to fund an extension of the primary runway at Devils Lake airport.
The delegation said the runway extension, once completed, will alleviate a concern air carriers have expressed about service into Devils Lake.
"Consistent and reliable air service is critical to the economic viability of any community. That is particularly true in North Dakota, where our booming economy demands regular, access to air service," the delegation said in a joint statement. "These resources will go a long way to improving the infrastructure at the Devils Lake Airport."
Senator Conrad and the rest of the congressional delegation will host a meeting in Washington next week between local transportation officials from Devils Lake and Jamestown, the State of North Dakota, officials from Delta Airlines and Great Lakes Airlines and the Department of Transportation to discuss the ongoing service challenges into some of North Dakota's smaller airports.
The delegation said concerns raised by officials in Devils Lake and Jamestown -- including an increasing number of service disruptions and high air fares-- spurred the need for a meeting between all parties to clear the air and generate potential solutions that would benefit all sides.
This federal grant was awarded by the United States Department of Transportation through funds appropriated by Congress.