Phase 2 of Lake Elmo Airport Improvements Underway

Lake Elmo Airport (21D), Lake Elmo, Minnesota.
MAC Photo

Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine (online) – December 2020/January 2021 issue

LAKE ELMO, MINN. – Upon the completion of the Lake Elmo Long-Term Comprehensive Plan (LTCP) in 2016 and a joint Environmental Assessment/Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EA/EAW) in 2018, construction of Lake Elmo Airport (21D) improvements began in late 2019.

The improvements at Lake Elmo Airport include the following elements:
• Relocate and extend Runway 14/32 to 3,500 feet.
• Realign 30th Street North around the relocated runway protection zone and reconnect to the existing intersection with Neal Avenue.
• Construct a new cross-field taxiway to serve the new Runway 14 end.
• Convert the existing runway to a parallel taxiway and construct other taxiways as needed to support the relocated runway.
• Reconstruct and extend crosswind Runway 4/22 to 2,750 feet.
• Upgrade instrument approach to use newer technology.

Diagram showing areas of construction at Lake Elmo Airport (21D), Lake Elmo, Minnesota.
MAC Diagram

The construction activity is divided into three phases:
• Phase 1: Realign 30th Street North between Manning Avenue and Neal Avenue (November 2019 through July 2020).
• Phase 2: Construction of new Runway 14/32 and grading for taxiways, electrical work (Fall 2020 through Summer 2021).
• Phase 3: Completion of new Runway 14/32 and taxiways and convert existing runway to parallel taxiway, completion of electrical work, construction of a new service road (Fall 2021 through Summer 2022). Note: This phase may be split into two separate phases.

Lake Elmo Airport is one of six reliever airports to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and is owned and operated by the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC). The other reliever airports include St. Paul Downtown, Flying Cloud, Anoka County-Blaine, Crystal, and Airlake (

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