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Officials hold groundbreaking for airport

FARMINGTON – City officials, business representatives and area residents gathered at the Farmington Regional Airport Monday morning. The occasion was the official groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the airport expansion.

Farmington City Administrator Greg Beavers explained to those in attendance of the planned improvements.

&#8220We will be tearing down the existing buildings and will replace them with a new terminal facility,” Beavers said. &#8220We will be expanding the runway to 5,000 feet. We are taking this facility and making it a nice front door for our community.”

Beavers pointed out that several businesses utilize the airport for business travel.

In addition to the construction of a new terminal area, improved security fencing, installation of a new fuel system and construction of new shade-ports are included in the project. A shade port is an open-ended hanger that is used to keep airplanes out the elements.

The cost for the project is $2,118,621. Gershensen Construction has been awarded the contract for earthwork, paving and demolition. The city is still waiting for bids for the building and fuel components of the expansion.

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