Rochester International Airport breaks ground on $79.2 million Runway Improvements Project

Closed runway at RST

Rochester, MN (May 7, 2021) –Rochester International Airport (RST) breaks ground on Phase 1 of construction on RST’s runway improvements project today.

“We are incredibly grateful for the hard work and support that has brought us to this point. Funding a large project requires great collaboration at the federal, state and local levels,” said John Reed, RST’s executive director. “Reconstruction of Runway 2/20 kicks off today, resulting in new jobs in our area and ensuring uninterrupted air access for travelers in our region.”

RST’s runway project is a multi-year, multi-phase project to replace Runway 2/20, which has reached the end of its useful life. The total cost of the project is $79.2 million and includes:

  • A 1,647-foot extension to Runway 2/20 and Taxiway B
  • New 40-inch pavement section (sand, gravel, pavement)
  • 275,000 square yards of pavement removed and recycled
  • 7 million cubic yards of material excavated
  • 8 miles of underdrain tile to improve drainage
  • 13 miles of underground electrical cable and conduit
  • 500 new LED runway and taxiway lights
  • Improved approach capabilities

The project was funded with $62.8 million from the Federal Aviation Administration, $11.4 million from the State of Minnesota and $5.0 million in local funding. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on the closed runway at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 7th. Federal, state and local elected officials and airport stakeholders will gather to celebrate the project.

Learn more about the Runway Project.

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Fly into RST and you will know you have arrived in Med City. And it's easy to get from here to your medical care. In fact, you’re just 15 minutes from your next appointment!

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