Durbin, Quinn announce $16.7 million investment in Illinois airport infrastructure

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced today that several Illinois airports have received a total of $16,691,639 in grants through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for infrastructure improvements and upgrades.

“Today’s grants will allow airports in Illinois to make needed improvements and upgrades to help them serve travelers more safely and efficiently,” said Durbin.

“Airports across Illinois play an important role in making our state accessible to businesses and travelers from around the world,” Governor Quinn said.  “These federal funds will help us make necessary upgrades across Illinois and continue to keep our airports safe and efficient.”

The following investments in Illinois’ transportation infrastructure were made under this announcement:

·         Quad City International Airport, Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County: $225,000 in funding to perform a drainage study to define areas on the airport needing drainage improvements;

·         State of Illinois: $16,466,639 in funding to the Illinois State Block Grant Program which provides funding to conduct various improvements at non-primary airports in the state of Illinois.  This grant will be used, in conjunction with previous federal grants and state and local funds, to fund a large number of airport improvement projects at reliever and general aviation airports throughout the state. Projects will include pavement and lighting rehabilitation, security fencing, runway and taxiway extensions, obstruction removal, land acquisition and new hangar construction.