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Greater Peoria Airport Receives Over $2.3 Million For Terminal Building Rehab

(PEORIA, IL) Congressman Ray LaHood (R-Peoria) announced today that the Greater Peoria Regional Airport has been awarded $2.36 million in federal funds for the rehabilitation of the airport’s terminal building. The grant funds, approved by Congress, were awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration and will be used to assist in design work for the rehabilitation.

During his tenure in Congress, LaHood has taken an active role in upgrading the facilities of the Peoria Airport as well as working to expand air service from the facility.

LaHood lauded today’s announcement as a great signal that the Greater Peoria Regional Airport has a bright future.

"I can’t be more pleased that we were able to secure this funding to help with upgrading the terminal at the Greater Peoria Regional Airport," said LaHood. "Once this project is completed, the current terminal building will have a completely different look and feel. It will be a modern facility that will help in securing additional service to and from Peoria while allowing for better service to passengers. The new layout will also greatly assist in carrying the mission of the Transportation Security Agency. I applaud Airport Director Solomon Balraj and the airport board for all their hard work and for their vision to make our airport an up-to-date, modern facility."

"We are pleased to receive this grant from the FAA and the continued strong support and leadership from Congressman LaHood," said Director Balraj. "We will be using the funds to undertake the design work for the upgrade of the terminal facility. Once the facility is completed, Peoria will have a facility which will be a wonderful gateway in our community."

The new terminal, through a combination of existing and new space, will be a single level facility with ticketing and baggage claim on the same level. All services will be on the ticketing level, including access to ground transportation. Construction is expected to begin in late 2006.

For details, contact Tim Butler at 217-793-0808.