Hermantown Businesses hear plans for airport runway expansion

By KBJR News 1

May 29, 2014 Updated May 29, 2014 at 8:38 PM CDT

Hermantown, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Duluth Airport officials briefed Hermantown business owners about the proposed runway expansion at the Duluth Airport.

This was the first opportunity business owners have had to hear about the details of the $31 million project.

The main runway needs to be rebuilt and the airport wants to extend its shorter cross runway.

Officials have asked for funding from the federal government, but the project still needs funding from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Airport officials say they are optimistic about the benefits this work will bring to the area.

"We think it will positively impact air commerce, it provides other opportunities for air crafts to use this facility when the weather would favor a landing on that runway and it also has significant benefits to the long term viability of the 148th," said Executive Director of the Duluth Airport Authority, Tom Werner.

If the runway receives the $31 million in funding from the FAA the Minnesota Department of Transportation will have to decide if there would need to be additional zoning restrictions in response to the runway changes.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.