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Duluth Int'l Airport Getting More Grant Money

Updated: July 10, 2019 06:37 PM

Another $1 million dollars in grant funding is heading to the Duluth International Airport. The FAA made the announcement this week.

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"This is a great win, as it shows the investment the FAA and MnDOT places into this region," Natalie Peterson said. She's the Director of Marketing and Communications for the airport.

A majority of the funding will go towards the completion of a master plan update. "We've already put together a stakeholder group, who will oversee the project from start to end. It's a critical time, with the growth in the aviation sector. We need to do a forecast, and check the inventory, down to fences and pavement and buildings and land. We look at that for economic development opportunities, and what commercial and general aviation needs," Peterson added.

Part of the grant money will pay for a new sander, which is key for our winter weather. "We have a lot of pavement to cover. And our current sander does need replacing," Peterson told us.

Also, more than $2 million in grant funding is designated for the third and final phase of the runway realignment at Sky Harbor airport, which is down at Park Point. Peterson said the work will begin right after Labor Day.

The FAA also awarded grants to Cloquet Carlton County Airport and Eveleth-Virginia airport in this third round of funding.

In the second round of funding, Duluth got $600,000 for a noise study. Peterson said there will be plenty of opportunity for public input on both the noise study and master plan, and there will be separate pages for those projects on the airport website.

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