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Ceremony kicks off work on new Duluth airline terminal

U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar will join Duluth Mayor Don Ness and other local dignitaries at 1 p.m. today to officially break ground for a new main terminal at Duluth International Airport. Workers have been quietly toiling on the job for weeks, but the...

U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar will join Duluth Mayor Don Ness and other local dignitaries at 1 p.m. today to officially break ground for a new main terminal at Duluth International Airport. Workers have been quietly toiling on the job for weeks, but the ceremony will mark the formal kickoff of the project.

Phase I of the project will involve grading the site, installing infrastructure including utilities, building a new access roadway, constructing parking lots and completing the design of the new terminal. The price tag? $10.2 million.

Phase II involves construction of a new terminal and hinges on the initiative receiving about $11.7 million more in state bonding money next year. The remaining funding for the $65 million project is expected to come from the Federal Airport Improvement Program, the State Airports Trust Fund and from the coffers of the Duluth Airport Authority.

Authorities say there will be no disruption of air service as the new terminal is being built.

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