Airports in central Illinois receive much needed state funding

By Beau Ebenezer

Airports in central Illinois receive much needed state funding

August 15, 2013 Updated Aug 16, 2013 at 10:58 AM CDT

Governor Pat Quinn announced Thursday that two Central Illinois airports will benefit from his capital investment program.

Mt. Hawley Airport in Peoria will receive more than $580,000 in state funding to repave the ground surrounding the airport's south hangars.

Pekin Municipal Airport will see more than $400,000 in funding for rehabilitation of the airport's west apron.

Officials from both airports said the project is vital to keeping their aircraft in good condition.

"As much as we try to maintain them, we don't have the resources to do projects like that," said Peoria Airports Director, Gene Olson. "You would see these pavements deteriorate even further and then you would start losing clients."

"Pavement is the airport's greatest asset," said Pekin Airport Manager, Clayton Stambaugh. "Anytime we can get it under control, it is a good project."

Officials from both airports hope to get the projects underway by next month and finished by the end of the year.

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