Lemmon Airport Runway Could Be Reconstructed

Capitol News Bureau

Lemmon is set to get its airport runway rebuilt.

The South Dakota Aeronautics Commission approved state government’s five percent share Tuesday.

Ninety percent of the $3.5 million project will come from federal funding.  The remaining five percent will be local.

Jack Dokken oversees the air, rail and transit office in the state Department of Transportation.  He said the surface has been crumbling.

“Lemmon’s current pavement condition index is 52, with the state threshold being 60, which warrants it for reconstruction,” Dokken told KELOLAND News.

The commission also agreed to increase the amount state government will pay for improvements that already were done at the Sioux Falls airport.

The federal government wound up paying nearly $7.5 million as its 90 percent share for reconstructing a portion of runway three-21 and rehabilitating two taxiways.

Originally the federal grant awarded in 2016 was for about $7 million.

The extra cost meant the state’s five percent share needed to increase by about $25,000 to about $416,000.  

Mitchell’s airport manager meanwhile withdrew his request that the state commission discuss the September loss of its lighting control computer.

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