Airports to claim millions in federal grant money

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ILLINOIS (WAND) – Federal funding will allow for upgrades at four different central Illinois airports.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding over $5.7 million to the airports for a variety of improvements. The largest amount is going to the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield ($1,995,173) for terminal upgrades.

In that airport, the terminal area will be expanded to 6,100 square feet in an effort to meet Federal Aviation Administration design standards and make it easier for passengers to move around. This funding adds on to the $4.6 million U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) announced for the airport in June.

Logan County Airport ($1,153,190) and Decatur Airport ($1,567,562) are going to rehabilitate runways with the money they’re receiving. The Central Illinois Regional Airport ($991,773) is using its money to replace a high-speed runway broom, which helps keep runways operational when it snows.

“Today is a great day for our local airports across central Illinois,” LaHood said. “With the latest awards from the U.S. Department of Transportation, these three local airports across central Illinois will have the ability to reconstruct runways, purchase new equipment to make ground operations smoother and safer during inclement winter weather, and expand a passenger terminal to improve the flow of passengers.”

“As someone who frequently flies in and out of central Illinois airports, I understand how important these continue investments area,” added Davis. “I know my constituents will benefit greatly from these improvements.”

Davis says infrastructure investments are “a critical part” of improving the Illinois economy.

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