A lower-than-expected bid on the first phase of the Brookings Airport runway expansion and relocation is allowing the city to get a head start on additional airport work.
The bid for the first phase of the runway realignment came in at $4.7 million, some 32 percent below engineering estimates.
City Manager Jeff Weldon told councilors this week that Brookings received a grant from the federal government that anticipated the full $7 million amount.
He says the city can apply the excess funding, and it will soon bid a new, separate project under the phase.
Helms & Associates project manager Bob Babcock says as construction proceeds, it will mean some reduced airport use because of a shortened runway. But the airport will not shut down.
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