Duluth Airport Plans Extension of 2nd Runway, Rebuilding Primary Runway

Updated: 05/29/2014 10:43 PM
Created: 05/29/2014 10:41 PM

The Duluth International Airport plans on reconstructing their main runway, and extending their secondary runway. 

Tom Werner, the airport's executive director, gave a presentation about the project at the Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday. He says their main runway was built in the 1940s and will need a makeover in the next ten years. 

In order for that to happen, according to Werner, they need to extend their secondary runway from 6,000 to 8,000 feet. That will keep them in business during construction and will be a benefit down the road. 

"Having that extra capability here in Duluth is huge for us," Werner said. "It gives pilots the ability to land on an alternative surface if weather dictates that the surface is more favorabe for them."

Werner says the second runway will also be beneficial to the 148th Fighter Wing, since eventually the airport will have two runways that meet their criteria instead of one.

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