Peoria airport gets grant to keep out wildlife

Peoria Journal-Star
June 23, 2010
PEORIA — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced a $400,000 grant for Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport that will pay for a fence around the facility to keep wildlife off the airfield.

"The Peoria International Airport is a critical transportation link for central Illinois," said the Illinois Democrat. "This funding will contribute to the long-term ability of the Peoria airport to serve travelers safely, securely and efficiently."

The federal grant, through the U.S. Department of Transportation, will fund a 10-foot-high fence designed to increase safety and discourage animals from entering the airfield. Construction on the fence is expected to begin soon.

The money was obtained through the Federal Aviation Administration's discretionary grant funding that was part of the 2010 transportation appropriations bill.