September 13 – Decatur Airport will receive more than $1.5 million in federal funding to upgrade a runway, one of four grants issued to central Illinois airports from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis and Darin LaHood joined in announcing the awards Thursday. Other airports to get funding are Logan County Airport in Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, and Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington.
“Investing in our infrastructure is a critical part of growing our economy and that’s exactly what these grants will accomplish,” Davis said in a media release. “These four regional airports are essential to bringing economic opportunity to central Illinois and these grants will allow them to make necessary upgrades to improve service and safety.
“As someone who frequently flies in and out of central Illinois airports, I understand how important these continued investments are and I know my constituents will benefit greatly from these improvements.”
LaHood said air travel is crucial to the area economy and applauded the Department of Transportation for its “continued commitment to investing in our local transportation projects to help make travel safer as well as more effective and efficient.”
A grant of just less than $2 million will help the Springfield airport expand its terminal building to meet Federal Aviation Administration design standards and improve efficiency for moving passengers. The airport received $4.6 million for terminal upgrades earlier this year, with the new grant allowing for completion of the final phase.
Logan County Airport will receive $1.15 million to upgrade a runway, while the Bloomington airport will get $990,000 for a high-speed runway broom.