U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) announced today that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $1,656,143 grant to the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County for improvements at Quad City International Airport. This funding will be used to expand the facility that stores the airport’s snow removal equipment and extend the airport’s service road.
“Quad City International Airport is a critical transportation link in Illinois,” said Durbin. “Today’s funding shows a continued strong commitment by the Department of Transportation to invest in the growth of the airport and the Quad Cities region. This investment will help the airport operate more safely and efficiently for travelers and employees alike.”
“I believe that by investing in our networks of roads, bridges, rail lines, airports and waterways we are creating jobs and making a down payment on our region’s long term economic well-being,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “Today’s investment in the Quad City International Airport will help our area transport passengers and goods in a safer manner while also putting people to work and growing the local economy.”
Last year, Durbin announced a $2,880,831 grant for the airport to increase the size of its snow removal equipment fleet and help ensure that the airport continues to function safely and efficiently. In 2011, construction was completed on a federally-funded rehabilitation of the Quad City International Airport’s main 10,000 foot runway. The airport received $34 million to completely reconstruct the deteriorating runway, including $3.7 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and $487,000 secured by Durbin in the 2009 Transportation Appropriations bill.