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Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport master plan gets update with improvement projects

With the start date of service from two major airlines just days away, Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport hosted an open house Wednesday to present an update on the facility's master planning process.

Citing the cost of a number of capital improvement projects in the next decade, the plan predicts that the airport is projected to be close to $42 million short of the estimated $142 million needed for a host of projects, which include runway, taxiway, hanger, parking lot, terminal and water and sewer system improvements, among other juts.

The plan -- produced by engineer and planning firm KLJ and aviation consultant R.A. Wiedemann & Associates and expected to be finalized sometime next year -- lists $142 million worth of possible capital improvement projects, though airport manager Matthew Remynse said not all of the projects would necessarily need to be done.

Predicting Dickinson's airport to accommodate as many as 128,000 air travelers by 2022, updates to the airports are expected to be necessary, according to the report. Remynse said airport revenues are expected to increase with the upping of a number of fees, including the implementation of paid parking.

TRRA could begin receiving mineral revenues in coming years from land that has been leased through Empire Oil, Remynse said.

Other possible revenue sources that could offset the predicted shortfall include federal (FAA), state and local revenue streams.

The airport will begin offering regional jet service through United Airlines on June 6 and Delta Airlines June 10.

Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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