A deal to the end the Federal Aviation Administration shutdown should put an Albany airport construction project back on track.
The FAA furloughed 4000 workers after Congress failed to fund the agency. The standoff also idled 70,000 people working on airport construction projects around the country and threatened to delay Albany's new terminal by a year.
Southwest Georgia Regional Airport Director Yvette Ahele says if the FAA workers are back on the job next week, she should know in two weeks how much money the agency will provide for the project.
She's currently reviewing eight bids. One of them should be approved by the end of September, and construction could start in November.
The Senate is expected to pass a bill that already passed the House. It won't end the dispute between Democrats and Republicans, but it will temporarily fund the FAA through mid-September.