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$1.5 Million DOT Grant for Greater Peoria Regional Airport

Peoria, IL —U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $1,500,000 grant to construct a new terminal facility at Greater Peoria Regional Airport.

“Illinois airports are vital arteries that support our economy and national defense,” Durbin said. “Today’s grant will go a long way towards ensuring that Peoria airport can continue to serve travelers safely and efficiently.”

“The Airport Authority appreciates the leadership and advocacy of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin in securing this funding and the acknowledgment by FAA of our strong future,” said Director of Greater Peoria Regional Airport, Ken Spirito. “The new passenger terminal building will allow for continued growth of Peoria’s economy and establish a foundation to provide a user-friendly, self-sustaining public facility.”

The Greater Peoria Regional Airport is a public airport that also serves as an alternative transportation facility to Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Improvements to the airport, while creating a safer and more secure environment for users, will allow for the expansion and creation of jobs throughout the region. The total project cost is estimated at $64.8 million. Today’s funding will be used to move forward with construction of a new passenger terminal facility that was originally constructed in the 1950’s and is part of a multi-year participation by the FAA. The Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria will be working with FAA to grant the funds over a three-year period.

Contact:
Ken R. Spirito
Director of Airports
phone: (309) 697-8272
e-mail: kspirito@flypia.com

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