Medium - Jim Tise

The infrastructure spending law has advantages beyond Airport Improvement Program grants.

In 2019, the City of Williston, North Dakota, opened a brand-new airport to meet travel demand spurred by increased oil and gas exploration. $112 million of the airport’s costs was funded by the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

Now the airport is planning additional improvements. To do that, it has turned to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) passed in 2021.

“The BIL funding is something that is critically needed for all airports across the country,” said Anthony Dudas, director of Williston Basin International Airport, which is in the state’s northwest corner. “Airports will continue to have greater and greater needs.”

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