State closes Silver Bay AirportJun 11, 2018 07:35AM ● By Editor
The runway at the Silver Bay Municipal Airport was closed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation on Thursday, May 31. Photo: Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle
The Wayne Johnson Silver Bay Municipal Airport has been closed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics.
On May 31, two representatives from MnDOT who visited the airport to do a routine inspection found the runway condition had deteriorated enough to warrant closure.
"It really is a tough decision," said Rick Braunig, aviation safety and enforcement manager with the MnDOT Office of Aeronautics. "We, in general, are airport supporters. We like to have as many airports as we can for pilots to use. But the condition of the pavement was continuing to deteriorate and we started hearing some stories about people having damage to their aircraft related to the runway."For more on this story, follow this link to The Duluth News Tribune website.