The Quad-City International Airport is among 19 Illinois airports slated to share in a $9 million investment in capital improvements announced by the state.
Bruce Carter, the airport’s aviation director, said the airport will receive $466,500 in state funding for expansion of its south general aviation ramp. The project also will be financed by $155,500 in local matching funds.
“This is money we’ve been waiting the last several months for,” Carter said, adding that the original request was for
$1.94 million. The airport reduced the scope of the project to include only the south ramp expansion.
Carter said the general aviation ramp is located near Elliott Aviation and the former John Deere hangar. “It is safety-related because we don’t have enough space for parking the aircraft.”
Gov. Pat Quinn and Ann Schneider, secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation, announced that the $9 million investment will improve aging infrastructure and accessibility at the 19 small and regional airports across the state. It is funded by $7.3 million from Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital program and $1.6 million in local funds.
Carter said the Quad-City airport’s local match is expected to come from Elliott Aviation, but the ramp will be for public use, he added. “The project has been on the drawing board for the past couple of years.”
He said with the state funding available, the project can go out for design and construction bid. Construction is expected to begin next summer.
In addition to the Quad-City airport project, the FY13 State-Local Improvement Program includes a variety of airport improvements from rehabilitation of a terminal to a number of taxiways, aircraft parking ramps, entrance roads and parking lot modifications.
Carter said it has been several years since the airport has received funding of this type “because the state has been financially unstable. It’s something we were hoping we would get.”
The investment is expected to create hundreds of construction jobs.
There are nearly 80 publicly owned airports in Illinois.