Potential Runway Expansion
Posted at: 08/15/2013 5:49 PM
| Updated at: 08/15/2013 6:33 PM
The Duluth International Airport is looking at its master plan. Executive Director Tom Werner said that it is likely their main runway will need a reconstruction in about a decade. When that happens, they'll need to use the secondary runway. But an expansion may be needed on that runway.
Nothing has been finalized yet from the FAA. But leaders are considering what would need to happen for the expansion. Zoning may need to be changed, because certain criteria are required, depending on the length of the runway. And asking for variances could keep things the way they are.
The airport is working with the Joint Zoning Board on future plans. "We are going to recommend to the board that they maintain the status quo. They have the ultimate authority over what happens. They may need to ask for a variance from MnDOT to keep things the way they are. There are NO plans to buy anyone's property along Highway 53. We don't want to stifle any businesses there," Werner added.
All airports in Minnesota, he said, have variances, because most are located near cities.