The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) is proposing to modifying the airfield to meet the following three general infrastructure goals:
  • Better align airfield infrastructure to match existing and forecasted activity levels
  • Preserve and improve operational capabilities for the design aircraft family
  • Enhance safety by simplifying the runway and taxiway layout
To meet these goals, the MAC plans to make the following airfield enhancements:
  • Simplify airfield geometry by:
    • Closing Runway 14R/32L and converting it to a full parallel taxiway.
    • Reducing the length of turf Runway 06R/24L to clear Taxiways D & F from its runway safety area.
    • Removing, converting, and/or replacing various taxiways and aircraft run-up areas.
  • Provide the required 3,750-foot primary runway length for critical design aircraft needs by:
    • Converting portions of Runway 14L/32R blast pads to usable runway.
    • Shifting the runway 115 feet to the northwest.
  • Enhance instrument approach capability to both ends of Runway 14L/32R.
  • Improve ground vehicle circulation on the Airport by constructing perimeter roads around runway ends on the north, west, and south sides of the airfield.
  • Increase aircraft parking capacity by expanding the fixed base operator apron.
  • Develop excess Airport property for non-aeronautical use.
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 Crystal Airport. Information from this document will be used, along with other data that will be collected and developed, to conduct the EA.