The Sheridan County Commissioners approved a bid from Advance Electrical Contracting to upgrade signage and lighting regulators on the taxiway at the Sheridan County Airport. John Stopka, Airport Manager, explains how the project was put on hold by the FAA shutdown, but he anticipates a grant soon.
The commissioners approved the bid contingent on the FAA grant, which Stopka anticipates coming through as they resume work next week
AEC's low bid of 449,617 was below the original estimate by Vista West Engineering of 678,821. The project includes approximately 11 LED signs on the taxiway, and four lighting regulator upgrades. Stopka says despite this delay, the project can be worked on into winter months.
The FAA will to go back to work Monday after the Senate approved legislation ending the partial shutdown on Friday morning. It's estimated that the federal organization lost $400 million during the shutdown in ticket tax revenues, according to AP reports. While the air traffic controllers and other jobs critical to maintaining flights worked, mainly construction-related workers and did not, affecting projects like the Sheridan County Airport upgrades nationwide.