Millions in funding to help airport improvements

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SAVOY, Ill. (WAND) – A central Illinois airport is going to receive nearly $2 million in grant money.

U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) say Willard Airport will be able to complete a taxiway reconstruction project with $1,829,100 in funding. The money came the Federal Aviation Administration and the Airport Improvement Program.  

Durbin says this investment is an important one.

“Willard Airport is a critical transportation link for students, families and businesses in central Illinois,” said Durbin. “This funding will help the airport make necessary improvements and upgrades to continue serving travelers safely and efficiently. I will continue working with Senator Duckworth to ensure Illinois communities have access to these important federal funds.”

Duckworth says it’s important to make sure Illinois airports are maintained properly.

“Securing federal resources to revitalize Illinois’s infrastructure and transportation systems is one of my top priorities in the Senate,” Duckworth said. “This funding will help make the reconstruction of the taxiway at Willard Airport possible, improving efficiency at the airport as well as the safety of travelers coming in and out of Central Illinois. I will continue working with Senator Durbin to ensure that our great state receives the federal investments it deserves.” 

The airport recently lost business when United Airlines announced it would shut down flights after Sept. 4. Willard Executive Director Gene Cossey says the cancellation was “out of the blue” and likely came from a national pilot shortage.

>>Related: United to drop Willard Airport in schedule change

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