Airport awarded $766K for upgrades

Published 8:22 pm Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Albert Lea Municipal Airport more than $766,000 that will help in the construction of an approximately 4,300-square foot airport arrival and departure building and a parking lot.

“These critical investments in our infrastructure help create good jobs while enhancing public safety,” said U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, DFL-Minnesota, in a press release announcing the funding. “This award will benefit all who travel through Albert Lea Municipal Airport.”

Albert Lea City Engineer Steven Jahnke said he hopes construction begins in September and is completed by summer 2018.

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“This grant allows us to build the new arrival and departure building at the Albert Lea airport, so we are appreciative of the grant,” he said.

Federal funding is expected to cover less than half of the cost for the project — the state of Minnesota is contributing $1.04 million and the city’s share is $384,749, Jahnke said.

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, DFL-Minnesota, said in the press release improving infrastructure and public safety “boosts the local economy and creates good-paying jobs. These funds will ensure Albert Lea Municipal Airport continues to provide safe and efficient air travel for years to come.”

First District U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, DFL-Mankato, said improving infrastructure “advances public safety and spurs job growth. This investment in the Albert Lea Municipal Airport is welcome news for the community.”

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