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Missoula Airport says $67m construction project moves forward

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Missoula International Airport continues to make strides on a three-year, $67 million construction project, in an effort to bring in additional flights and airlines to the Garden City. Coming changes include an additional gate, new gift shop, additional parking and new security checkpoint.

The airport has made a lot of progress with their construction for their new terminal. Now that it's starting to snow outside, they are focusing their efforts on indoor construction.

Construction walls are up throughout the airport, and the new security checkpoint is going to be finished by December.

Once travelers make it through security, Project Manager Tim Damrow said they'll have multiple options to feel welcome in the Garden City.

The Jedediah's restaurant space on the ground floor is moving, and the old space is becoming another gate.

"So what we did with this restaurant space down here was actually open it up, remove the tables, remove a couple of walls and actually create another gate area."

Next to the restaurant is a temporary entrance as renovations are underway.

Damrow says they're adding new features like a bear-print walk to direct passengers around the airport.

"Trying to find creative new ways that people are going to see, 'Hey I know where I am going now," he says.

It's not just the inside undergoing renovations, but the outside as well. 

"So what we've been working on the past few months is doing all of our utility, infrastructure work, kind of making way for what we do next spring with the heavy roadwork and reconstructing our airport access road system."

He said there will be an additional parking lot open for this year's holiday travel.

Although the outdoor construction will stop within the next few weeks, they are hoping to get back outside in the early spring.

Missoula International Airport Director Cris Jensen said they hope to have most of the project completed by 2021. He said so far the airport is debt-free.

Jensen explained they are in a good financial situation and will continue to be conservative with their money.

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