Public hearing for proposed changes to Sky Harbor Airport

By KBJR News 1

August 7, 2014 Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 10:47 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - People concerned with the proposed changes to the Sky Harbor Airport in Duluth got their chance to share their thoughts.

Tonight, airport officials held a public hearing at the Inn on Lake Superior to get feedback on their proposal to shift the airport runway.

Changes are needed because of trees obstructing the approach to the runway.

Airport officials say their leading proposal would bring the airport up to federal safety requirements and it wouldn't take out any trees from the old–growth pine forest.

"For the last roughly eight years, we've been studying this to find an alternative and compromise that would meet the needs of everyone concerned." said executive director, Tom Werner, Duluth Airport Authority. "We think our preferred alternative does that by tilting the runway, avoiding the trees and allowing a safe pathway for pilots to use that airport."

According to Werner, there are ten more days in the public comment period.