Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Oct. 10, 2019

$26.3 million in FAA grants will improve airport infrastructure in 14 Minnesota communities

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced today the award of $26.3 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants to 14 greater Minnesota airports. This is the final round of FAA funding issued in 2019 to maintain and improve aviation infrastructure throughout the state.

“This essential funding will help secure safe, efficient air operations for airports serving greater Minnesota,” said Cassandra Isackson, MnDOT Office of Aeronautics director. “The grants will be used primarily to preserve pavements and complete plans to address the needs of greater Minnesota communities.”

Minnesota projects and funding included in these FAA grant awards include:

  • Falls International Airport in International Falls (INL) – $15.85 million for environmental study, runway reconstruction and an apron expansion.
  • Lake Elmo Airport (21D) – $3.36 million for runway and taxiway reconstruction.
  • Sky Harbor Airport in Duluth (DYT) – $3.36 million for runway construction.
  • Winsted Municipal Airport (10D) – $1.99 million for runway reconstruction.
  • Princeton Municipal Airport (PNM) – $1.67 million to reconstruct a runway and taxiway, and runway and taxiway lighting.
  • Moorhead Municipal Airport (JKJ) – $1.66 million to rehabilitate runway and runway lighting.
  • Wilmar Municipal Airport (BDH) – $907,429 to for runway and taxiway rehabilitation.
  • Fergus Falls Municipal Field (FFM) – $493,125 for taxiway reconstruction.
  • Airlake Airport in Lakeville (LVN) – $468,737 to construct a taxiway and an access road.
  • Mankato Regional Airport (MKT) – $337,770 for runway and taxiway rehabilitation construction.
  • Buffalo Municipal Airport (CFE) – $337,561 to extend a taxiway and for apron reconstruction.
  • Springfield Municipal Airport (D42) – $150,000 for apron expansion.
  • Baudette International Airport (BDE) – $65,648 for apron rehabilitation.
  • Ortonville Municipal Airport (VVV) – $38,817 for taxiway and apron rehabilitation.

Many of the above are one part of multi-year projects that include other funding sources such as matching funds from city, county and state authorities. For more information on FAA’s Airport Improvement Grants, which are administered by MnDOT, visit faa.gov/airports/aip/grantapportion_data/.

For more information about general aviation, drones and public airports in Minnesota, visit MnDOT’s Office Aeronautics website at mndot.gov/aero.