Great Falls Tribune: Havre airport gets funds for improvements

The Havre City-County Airport is among four Montana airports that will share a $1,465,311 grant for construction projects, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said Wednesday.

The airport will receive $144,900 to fund the design phase for the reconstruction of 15,000 square yards of the existing apron pavement that needs replacing.

This project will fund the initial design phase for the rehabilitation of 3,700 feet of Taxiway A, 250 feet of Taxiway B, and 1,200 feet of Taxiway C needed to maintain structural integrity of the pavements, Daines said.

Grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation will also be given to airports in Dillon, Laurel and Billings.

“This additional funding will ensure that our airports can continue to support the communities and regions they serve,” Daines said.

Grants include:

 Dillon Airport: $291,695 for installation of five general aviation apron lights to aid in airport safety during low visibility conditions. It will also fund the acquisition of a new snow removal tractor with plow and broom.

Laurel Municipal Airport will get $369,866 for a deign phase to construct a 3,000 foot Runway 14/32 to relocate the existing crosswind runway to meet FAA standards. It includes buying 69.14 acres adjacent to the airport for airport development.

It includes $158,850 for installation of an automatic weather-observing system II to provide current and site-specific weather information.

Billings Logan International Airport will get $500,000 for construction of a 750-foot west taxilane to provide access to aircraft hangars. This project will fund lengthening the airport service road 750 feet.

This project will fund the 1,500-square-yard expansion of the west apron to provide more space for aircraft parking.

Daines secured the following provisions in the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization:

 Airport Improvement Program (AIP) dollars, which build and maintain Montana’s critical aviation infrastructure such as runways.

 Also secured language that ensures if airports see a decrease in enplanements for a year, they don’t lose AIP dollars.