Rochester International Airport to receive more than $7 million in federal funding

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(ABC 6 News) – The Rochester International Airport will soon receive more than $7 million in federal funding for infrastructure improvements.

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN) announced on Friday that the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the grant to the Rochester International Airport.

“Critical investments in our infrastructure serve as a down payment on the long-term economic well-being of our state and country,” said Klobuchar. “By investing in the Rochester International Airport, we are supporting the economy of the region and enhancing public safety.”

"Rochester International Airport is a major transportation hub in southern Minnesota. In 2018 it reached a new annual record of 366,542 total passengers,” said Smith. “Even during COVID, the airport has continued to serve as an economic engine for the Rochester community by employing local Minnesotans and bringing business and opportunity to the area. This federal funding will help the airport better operate by making runway and taxiway improvements."

The grant funding awarded by DOT will allow Rochester International Airport to extend and reconstruct runways and update taxiway lighting and pavement.