The Davenport Municipal Airport will receive a $63,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to study the environmental impact of its runway extension project.
The grant was among $687,362 in grants awarded to three Iowa airports. The other two are Cherokee County Regional Airport and Sheldon Municipal Airport.
With the grant, the Davenport airport will conduct an environmental impact assessment of its proposed extension of Runway 15/33. According to the airport’s website, plans call for extending the main northwest-southeast runway from 5,500 feet to 6,900 feet with new taxiways. Part of the airport’s near-term capital improvements plan, the extension will provide increased operational capabilities required due to the airport’s increased corporate jet activity.
The funds were made available through the Federal Aviation Administration.
Over the past three years, the city-owned airport has been focused on improving the airport to market it as a gateway to Davenport and the Quad-Cities. Projects have included a new terminal facility by Carver Aero, demolition of a 60-year-old terminal, new hangars and a new airport entrance road.