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$6 million in federal bucks going to MSP; upgrades on the way

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Some big bucks are getting funneled to the Twin Cities' airport – and with it, it is hoped, a continued flow of air traffic and new jobs.

Members of Minnesota's congressional delegation – Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Keith Ellison – announced Tuesday that the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will receive $6.2 million from the Department of Transportation.

The lawmakers say the award will go toward "infrastructure improvements" at MSP, which was the country's 16th busiest airport in 2014.

Nearly 34 million people passed through its terminals last year.

The DOT money will fund the second phase of a project to update the airport's apron – that's where planes are parked, loaded and unloaded, according to a press release.

Klobuchar said the investment will help MSP "stay on the cutting edge of our nation’s 21st century transportation network,” according to the release.

“These critical infrastructure upgrades will improve airport safety, help create jobs, and go a long way towards updating Minnesota’s overall transportation infrastructure," Sen. Franken added.

There's no word yet on when construction will begin.

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