Chicago Construction News staff writer
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced $5.4 million funding for several airfield improvements at the St. Louis Downtown Airport.
“I’m proud to announce that construction is well underway on a brand-new engine run-up ramp equipped with taxiway access, including a noise mitigation barrier and compass calibration pad,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “These facilities will not only improve cost effectiveness, but they will also enhance St. Louis Downtown Airport’s capacity to serve passengers from Illinois and across the globe.”
The airport improvements include a ground run-up and compass calibration pad that include new airfield pavement with jet blast deflectors. The addition will accommodate more than 500 yearly aircraft maintenance tests that require the operation of engines at high power on the ground for several minutes.
The project is funded through a $5 million Rebuild Illinois grant, with a local contribution of $400,000. Construction started last year and is expected to wrap up in June.
“Continued investment in this airport is good for local jobs and for economic growth in our region,” said State Representative Jay Hoffman. “This project underscores the value of strong capital development and of the opportunities we can unlock. I am appreciative of the work that happened behind the scenes to make today a reality.”
Located in St. Clair County, St. Louis Downtown Airport is one of the busiest general aviation airports in Illinois outside of the Chicago area. The airport is a significant driver of local and state economies, contributing more than $422 million in economic impact for the region annually, including more than 1,500 jobs. The airport supports recreational and business flying as well as flight instruction.