GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) -- About $900,000 in federal funding has been released so the Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island can begin design work on its new terminal.
Airport executive director Mike Olson said Monday that if the design work begins as scheduled in the next 30 days, the project could go out to bid in January or February. Construction of the 33,000-square-foot structure then could begin in April.
Current estimates have the project costing $8 million to $9 million.
Airport officials have said the project will be undertaken to meet rising passenger demand. Passenger totals jumped 19 percent during 2012, to a record of nearly 56,100.
Olson doesn't believe the mandatory federal budget cuts will delay the terminal project or the airport's runway project.