Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced Thursday that the Greater Peoria Airport Authority received $1,500,000 in grant funding from the Department of Transportation.
The federal funding will go towards completing the rehabilitation of the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport apron. More specifically, it will rehabilitate 30,920 square yards of the existing rundown terminal apron pavement. The grant funds the final phase, which includes construction.
“Peoria’s airport is not only a vital transportation hub, but a major economic driver in Central Illinois,” Bustos said. “Continued investments in our airports are essential in bringing new economic opportunities to our region, which is why I’m proud to help announce federal funding for Peoria’s International Airport. Senators Durbin, Duckworth and I will continue to fight for more job-creating federal dollars in our community.”
“The Peoria International Airport serves as an integral transportation center, connecting Central Illinois to the rest of the country and around the world,” Durbin said. “This federal funding will help pay for much-needed upgrades, and I will continue working to ensure communities across Illinois have access to programs and funds that drive economic growth and make air travel safer and more efficient.”
“Airport infrastructure investments are vital to the strength of our state’s transportation systems and our local economies, which is something I understand as both a pilot and a working mom,” Duckworth said.“This funding will help ensure that the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport has the necessary resources to make much-needed improvements and support local job growth. Along with Senator Durbin and Representative Bustos, I will continue to advocate for funding that results in safer, more reliable airports, as well as increased economic development in the Peoria region.”