belt airport 051221SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) is highlighting a funding opportunity for area airports for improvement projects through the Rebuild Illinois statewide construction program.

“I’m glad to see the state making these kinds of investments, and I’m encouraging our local airport to apply,” Belt said. “This funding would help pay for maintenance and repairs that keep passengers safe, while boosting our local economy at the same time.”

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the Rebuild Illinois program will provide $94 million in funding to improve public airports throughout the state. Through a competitive grant process, airports may submit project proposals for updates, improvements, and extensions of their facilities.

Airports must be for public use and included in the Illinois Aviation System Plan to be eligible for the funding. Applications are due June 14 to be eligible for grants of up to $25 million.

Local area airports eligible for this funding are MidAmerica St. Louis Airport, located in Belleville and St. Louis Downtown Airport, located in Cahokia Heights.  

Application information is available by visiting IDOT’s Airport Improvement Program page. Awards are anticipated to be announced later this year.