HILLSBORO, N.D. — Hillsboro will use a $2 million grant from the FAA to build a parallel taxiway to a recently reconstructed airport runway.

Construction on the runway likely will begin next summer, said Larry Mueller, Hillsboro Airport Authority president.

The parallel runway is needed for safety reasons because traffic has increased at the airport, Mueller said. Between use by the University of North Dakota, aerial applicators, companies and individuals, there’s a fair amount of activity at the airport, he said.

The latest construction project is one in a series of improvements recently completed or underway at the airport. Last year, a $7 million runway reconstruction project was launched at the airport. The old asphalt was removed and replaced with concrete.

Mueller expects the airport improvements will be good for business in Hillsboro.

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“There already are a couple of businesses talking about bringing in bigger airplanes,” he said.