The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), owner of the Lake Elmo Airport, is proposing to build a new 3,500-foot replacement runway for the existing 2,850-foot primary runway, Runway 14/32.

Based on the nature of the proposed project, a Federal Environmental Assessment (EA) and a State Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) will need to be completed. The Federal EA will be developed in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) policies and procedures detailed in FAA Order 1050.1F (and related documents) for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations. The State EAW will be developed in compliance with the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) and related Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB) guidance.

The MAC has selected Mead & Hunt, Inc. to provide these environmental documentation services.

The MAC recently completed a Long-Term Comprehensive Plan (LTCP) for Lake Elmo Airport. Information from this document will be used, along with other data that will be collected and developed, to conduct the EA.

The environmental review will cover the following project components:
  • Relocate Runway 14/32 by shifting it 615 feet to the northeast and extending it to 3,500 feet, including all necessary grading, clearing, and runway lighting.
  • Realign 30th Street North around the new Runway 32 Runway Protection Zone (RPZ) and reconnect to the existing intersection with Neal Avenue.
  • Construct a new cross-field taxiway to serve the new Runway 14 end, including taxiway lighting and/or reflectors.
  • Convert existing Runway 14/32 to a partial parallel taxiway and construct other taxiways as needed to support the relocated runway, including taxiway lighting and/or reflectors.
  • Reconstruct Runway 4/22 and extend to 2,750 feet, including necessary lighting and taxiway connectors.
  • Establish a new non-precision approach to Runway 14 and upgrade existing Runway 4 approach to RNAV (GPS).

Project Timeline*

*Schedule is subject to change.