Major spending planned at Aberdeen and other airports

PIERRE | The state Aeronautics Commission talked Tuesday about a very big year ahead for public airport projects in South Dakota.

There “possibly” will be about $43.8 million in work, according to Bruce Lindholm, an administrator for the state Department of Transportation.

The estimate is based on pre-applications filed for 2016.

Public airports normally use a combination of local, federal and state funding to pay for projects.

Last year, projects totaled about $20 million. A typical year runs $30 million to $35 million.

Jon Becker, a state airport projects engineer, said $43 million could be the most the program has seen.

“In a number of years, anyway,” Becker said.

Commission Chairman Skip VanDerhule, of Yankton, said the large amount of projects was “great.”

“The money being spent in South Dakota is certainly good for our economy, no doubt about that,” VanDerhule said.

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