Pre-construction work for safety improvements to the Fond Du Lac Airport is underway.
The cost for construction, awarded to Saskatchewan-based Whitford Construction, comes in at a cost of $14 million.
The project safety improvements include:
construction of turn pads at both ends of the runway;
strengthening and re-surfacing of the runway, taxiway and apron; and
replacing existing low-intensity lighting with high-intensity LED lights.
Rock crushing began in early November with construction scheduled for completion in the fall of 2021.
The Government of Canada, through the Airports Capital Assistance Program has provided $12.1 million in funding over three years for the project. The Government of Saskatchewan will fund the remaining cost totalling $1.9 million as well as the ongoing cost of operations and maintenance averaging $215,000 a year.
The Government of Saskatchewan will improve more than 1,000 km of provincial highways this year, the first of its 10-year Growth Plan goal to build and upgrade 10,000 km of highways. Another $300 million in highways stimulus funds will be invested over the next two years in thin-membrane surface upgrades, passing lanes and improvements to municipal roads and airports.
The Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $628 million in northern highways and airports since 2008, including $60.3 million this year.