Posted by- Neelam Mathews Sept 25, 2011
Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) is receiving a federal grant of nearly $7 million for the first phase of its runway reconstruction project. The project will upgrade RFD’s runway to accommodate current and additional air cargo activity.
The total cost of phase one of the project is more than $7.3 million. The airport also received $180,065 from the State of Illinois, and contributed $229,770 of its own funds toward the project. The last major rehabilitation of the runway was undertaken in 1983, with overlays completed in 1993 and 2002 to extend the service life.
“We are grateful for the assistance from Senator Durbin’s office in securing this grant,” said Bharat Puri, Chairman of the Greater Rockford Airport Authority Board of Commissioners. “The Airport is fortunate to have such a strong advocate on the federal level. We appreciate the leadership from Senator Durbin and his office, as well has their recognition of RFD’s role as an important economic engine in the Greater Rockford Area.”