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Washington, D.C. —  Senator John Thune today announced grants worth $7.5 million for South Dakota airports, including $2 million for capital upgrades at Aberdeen and Clark County airports.

Nearly two dozen airfields in South Dakota will receive significant Department of Transportation grants to improve the state’s aviation infrastructure, Thune said.

“It is critical that rural states like South Dakota have strong aviation infrastructure,” Thune said. “These grants will help South Dakota upgrade and modernize its airports and airfields. Investments in South Dakota transportation will create new jobs and help local small businesses grow.”

The grants include $1 million for snow removal equipment, taxiway improvements, updates to the master plan study and funds to construct a terminal building at Aberdeen Regional Airport.

“I’m hopeful this federal investment will help the Aberdeen community grow and create new jobs,” Thune said.

Clark County Airport in Clark, South Dakota will also receive $1 million for runway improvements.

Other significant grants include:
  • $600,000 for new emergency rescue equipment and building at Brookings Airport

  • $427,000 for snow removal equipment and building and other improvements at Custer County Airport

  • Over $400,000 for runway lighting and other improvements at Faith Municipal Airport

  • Over $350,000 for taxiway and apron construction at Faulkton Airport

  • $650,000 to construct a terminal building and purchase a firefighting vehicle at Huron Airport

  • Over $330,000 to expand the approach and build a taxiway at Gregory

  • $250,000 for the approach and perimeter fencing at Phillip

  • Over $820,000 for runway improvements at Springfield