- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An overhaul of the runways at Bismarck’s airport will begin this year.

The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/1j4ldVR ) reports that the airport’s main runway will undergo mill and overlay work to ensure that the surface lasts between three and five more years.

Airport manager Greg Haug says most airlines will use the cross-wind runway while the primary one is under repair in September.

Haug says three Allegiant flights will have to be canceled during the 11 days that the repairs will last because the alternate runways are not strong enough to handle those airplanes.

The newspaper reports the main runway has significant cracking, signs of pavement failure and differential vertical movement.

Upgrades to the cross-wind runway could begin in 2015. This runway is expected to be strengthened and possibly widened.