Plans to secure funding for Duluth Airport runway expansion

By KBJR News 1

April 4, 2014 Updated Apr 4, 2014 at 8:56 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Minnesota Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon and Duluth business leaders are announcing efforts to secure funding for a runway expansion at the Duluth International Airport.

On Sunday, the Lt. Governor will join Duluth leaders at the airport, to discuss their efforts to gain funding.

They hope to secure funding to extend a secondary runway for use while the airport's main runway can be rebuilt.

Last August, Duluth Airport Authority Executive Director, Tom Werner, told us a much-needed upgrade is among the top priorities for the terminal.

Werner says it's a matter of keeping it up to current aviation standards.

"The runway was largely constructed in the 1940s, and other than some cosmetic and topical repairs, [it] hasn't had a full-depth treatment in quite some time," Werner said. "That project could take over a year."

The Lt. Governor and Duluth business leaders will travel to Washington D.C. to push for federal funding on Monday.

They will also lobby in support of Duluth's 148th Fighter Wing.