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OGDENSBURG — The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority is planning a $10 million expansion at Ogdensburg International Airport, a project that officials say could mean an economic renaissance for the north country.

The OBPA announced the proposed expansion Friday. The project entails a 1,200-foot runway expansion, which will require the relocation of a section of Route 68 near the current end of the runway and terminal upgrades.

The Authority also plans to install a municipal water line connecting the terminal to the city’s water system, and hopes to forge an agreement with the city to that end when the City Council meets Jan. 6.

Authority officials hope the expansion will attract larger air service carriers.

The initial phase will take two years to complete, OBPA Executive Director Wade A. Davis said Friday, and could result in an estimated 40,000 additional passengers flying out of Ogdensburg each year.

“This project didn’t just happen. Rather, it is a culmination of proactive efforts by the Authority and its partners to take on risk to attract interested airlines by promoting direct access to the fourth largest Canadian air market,” Mr. Davis said in a news release. “The city of Ogdensburg is a key partner in the airport expansion process.”

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