Airport Project Closes Entrance Road

Peoria, IL — The project to reconstruct Everett McKinley Dirksen Parkway near the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport has completed its first phase and is ready to move into the next stage of construction. This new phase, beginning on July 30th, will involve the complete closure of Dirksen Parkway between Middle Road and Maxwell Road and will require traffic to be detoured around the closure.

Traffic will be detoured onto Middle and Maxwell Roads. Inbound traffic heading to the airport will follow Dirksen Parkway from Airport Road and will make a right turn heading west on Middle Road to the first stop sign. Airport bound vehicles will then turn left onto Maxwell Road and head south to rejoin Dirksen Parkway past the construction area.

Traffic departing the airport from the terminal building will enter the parking lot on the east side just past Byerly Aviation, then follow signs to the new parking lot exit at Maxwell Road. They will then go north on Maxwell Road to Middle Road, turn right and go east on Middle to rejoin Dirksen Parkway past the construction area.

“We know this will be a little confusing for our passengers, at least at first”, said Gene Olson, Director of Airports. “We will be placing signs and stationing staff in the parking lot during the transition to help passengers find their way initially. Passengers are encouraged to allow a little extra time to aid in finding their way through the construction area. We also encourage them to check the web page and view the construction detour map posted there.”

This phase of construction is expected to last approximately 50 days, or approximately September 18th. The completion date could be influenced by weather or other issues, so passengers should check for updated information.

Airport road alternate route map for construction
  • For information, contact:
  • Gene Olson, Director of Airports
  • Phone: 309-697-8272
  • Email:

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