Update: 9:30 am, 5/15/19, Wednesday
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WCIA) — Wednesday, US Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) intent to award $779 million in supplemental funding for infrastructure grants to 127 airports in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
The grants include a $9.9 million award to Willard Airport for runway construction.
The selected airports will receive funding for construction or equipment to increase safety, capacity and security.
Many airports are vital to local and regional economies, and support critical transportation needs for a broad range of business and other economic activities.
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Original: 10:30 am, 5/10/19, Friday
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WCIA) — Friday, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced the University of Illinois Willard Airport will receive a $9.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The grant will be used for runway construction.
“Willard Airport is an essential part of the Champaign-Urbana community and helps connect rural areas to the rest of the world,” said Davis. “These necessary upgrades would not be possible without federal support and I’m glad to see Champaign-Urbana benefitting from this grant. As a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, my priority continues to be investing in our nation’s infrastructure, especially in our smaller, rural communities.”
“This FAA grant will help us tremendously in improving our runway infrastructure at the University of Illinois Willard Airport,” said Interim Executive Director Tim Bannon. “We would like to thank Congressman Davis for his continued support of Willard Airport, and also thank the Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation for their decision to award us this grant.”