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Jamestown Regional Airport receives state grants for bridge, expansion

by Chris Olson

Posted on 6/1/2016

The Jamestown Regional Airport received some good news over the Memorial Day weekend as the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission approved two grants to fund improvement projects at the airport.

Jamestown Regional Airport Authority Chairman Jim Boyd said Monday that the Aeronautics Commission had approved the airport''s grant application to cover part of the cost of acquiring, transporting and installing a Jetway passenger-boarding bridge.

The Airport Authority agreed to pay $32,000 for two passenger-boarding bridges from Minot International Airport in May. The total cost for the project is $126,000, which will cover the disassembling and transportation of the bridge and installing the bridge and connecting it to the airport terminal.

Boyd said the airport will receive about $88,000 for the passenger-boarding bridge.

Boyd said he was informed by Kyle Wanner, North Dakota Aeronautics Commission director, that the commission had also approved the Airport Authority''s grant request to fund 90 percent of a project to expand the Jamestown Regional Airport''s terminal building. An interior wall of the terminal building will be moved out and the secure-seating area will be expanded from 39 to 50 seats.

Sam Seafeldt, Jamestown Regional Airport manager, said the terminal expansion project has a cost of $16,000, which means the Airport Authority will pay about $1,600 for the local match.

Between the two projects Jamestown Regional Airport is receiving about $100,000 from the state.

"It was the best news I''ve heard in awhile," Boyd said.

Boyd and Seafeldt will attend an Aeronautics Commission meeting June 9 to thank the commission for its support for Jamestown Regional Airport and to update the commission on all of the projects that are happening at the airport.

"We''re definitely excited that the Aeronautics Commission decided to fund it (the two projects)," Seafeldt said. "We''re glad that they (the commission members) looked at the letters of support from the community members in Jamestown and decided to help us fund both of these projects."

Wanner said the Aeronautics Commission decided to grant the funding requests due to the "thorough grant application" that the Jamestown airport staff assembled for both projects.

"Jamestown continues to see rising passenger numbers and the DOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) has announced that SkyWest (Airlines) will continue to serve the airport for another two years," Wanner said, referring to why the commission approved the grant requests.

Boyd and the Airport Authority have previously held discussions on getting 10,000 passenger boardings per year at the airport. When Jamestown Regional Airport hits and holds that 10,000 number, it becomes eligible for more Federal Aviation Administration funding.

Wanner said the passenger-boarding bridge and expansion of the secured area could help the airport reach this goal

"These two projects may be the catalyst to help provide the boost needed to reach that goal, which is why the state is excited to participate in these two projects to help invest in the future of Jamestown''s air service," he said.

Seafeldt said he will be in Minot June 7 to supervise disassembling and transporting one of the passenger-boarding bridges to Jamestown. He said the second bridge was sold to an Indianapolis-based company for $9,160. The bridge will be in Jamestown on June 9.

Seafeldt said it will take about a month to prepare the terminal building for the installation of the bridge. He said the bridge should be in place and ready for use by early fall.