Durbin: Peoria International Airport to Receive a Nearly $3.5 Million Grant for Improvements

[WASHINGTON, DC] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $3,489,278 grant to the Greater Peoria Airport Authority for several safety and improvement projects at the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport. This funding will be used to improve the airport’s aircraft rescue and fire fighting building as well as for the rehabilitation of two runways and a taxiway.


“Peoria International Airport is a critical transportation link for central Illinois,” said Durbin. “Today’s funding will improve the airport’s ability to serve central Illinoisans safely and efficiently.”


Peoria International Airport is a public airport southwest of Peoria that provides non-stop commercial air service to various locations. In April, Durbin joined Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and other federal and local elected officials at the ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the airport’s brand-new terminal. Durbin secured $950,000 in the fiscal year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act for the terminal construction project, and it received a $6.3 million grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Durbin supported.