A Saskatoon based company is preparing to upgrade the Fond du Lac airport. Whiteford Construction has been awarded the $14 million project.

Work expected to be completed includes; 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.

“This project is important, since it is essential for moving people to and from the community,” Fond Du Lac Chief Louie Mercredi said.  “This has become much more urgent due to the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.  As such, further delays to this project may restrict landing and take-off weights while increasing a number of other costs associated with air transportation.”

Rock crushing began last month and construction is expected to be complete by the fall of 2021.

Ottawa is providing $12.1 million in funding over three years for the project. The province will provide the rest of the capital and is responsible for maintaining the airport.