After three years of work, Duluth International Airport’s runway reconstruction project finished in late August.

The Runway 9/27 project reconstructed around 60 acres at its airfield, which cost around $38 million. This improved sightlines and safety, according to a news release from the airport. Local officials and airport leaders gathered for a ribbon cutting on Friday morning.

Around 500 lights and around 40 miles of electric cables were installed as part of the construction.

The Federal Aviation Administration funded $31 million of the total. The Minnesota Department of Transportation also provided $6.5 million in funding, and the Duluth Airport Authority chipped in the remaining amount of approximately $766,000, the release read.

“The Duluth Airport Authority is committed to the safety of people who use DLH every day,” Executive Director Tom Werner said in the news release. “By completing our main runway’s multiyear, ($38 million) reconstruction project we renew our commitment to provide safe infrastructure that will support air commerce for many decades to come.”

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