February 18, 2020
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.—Plans for a new airport terminal building in Watertown continue to press forward.

At Tuesday night’s city council meeting, the council awarded a $3.18 million contract to Mead and Hunt Incorporated to design and bid the project, and act as the construction administrator.

Late last year, the federal government awarded Watertown a $9 million dollar grant to help with construction costs.

Mitch Walker is with Mead and Hunt, and spoke at Tuesday night’s council meeting….

Walker laid out the timeline for the bidding phase and getting to construction….

Walker says they will seek additional grants for the project in 2021, primarily to cover the costs of taxi lane and apron construction.

Construction on the new terminal, which will be located just north of the existing building, will begin this fall, with an expected opening date in late 2021.

The entire cost of the project is estimated to be around $21 million.