FAA awards $3.4 mln grant to Springfield Airport Authority, Ill. for road repairs at airport

The Springfield Airport Authority in Illinois recently received a grant worth $3.4 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide needed maintenance to the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, according to an announcement from U.S. Reps. Darin LaHood and Rodney Davis, both Republicans of Illinois.

According to LaHood, the grant will help complete the second of two phases for the rehabilitation of more than 11,000 feet of service road repairs and will contribute to keeping airport ground operations running efficiently to increase safety for operational and response vehicles.

Mark Hanna, executive director for the Springfield Airport Authority, said the roadway surfaces were a critical safety feature that keep operational vehicles, such as snow removal equipment, maintenance equipment, public safety vehicles, and mobile refueling trucks safely separated from aircraft in certain aircraft movement areas.

“I’m proud to see that our state’s capital is being awarded federal infrastructure funds to maintain and grow the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport,” Davis said. “By continuing the rehabilitation of the airport’s service road, this project will provide improved access for rescue and response vehicles, an important step in ensuring that the airport continues to be up-to-date and a leader in the industry.”