Cold, Blustery Day Doesn't Dampen Spirits at XWA Groundbreaking Ceremony

The first few shovels of dirt were turned during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Williston Basin International Airport. About 200 people attended the event on a cold and blustery fall day.

The XWA project has been in the works since 2011, so the community was more than ready to see some action!

The Williston Airport manager said the new terminal will be a game changer for Williston fliers. “It will allow businesses to fly larger aircraft in on a regular basis which will allow for easier access to the Williston region,” said Steven Kjergaard. “For commercial flyers you will see a dramatic change. This new airport will allow for more airlines with more destinations.” The projects that may get underway yet this year are geared to preparing the site for major construction next year. Some of the 2017 projects include building a facility to house aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment, building a site to store and maintain snow and ice control equipment, grading the site, building the sanitary sewer system and extending and rerouting some utilities. The entire project is expected to be completed sometime during the third quarter of 2019.


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