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Lipinski announces $3.3 million FAA grant for Lewis University Airport

Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs
Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, announced last week that Lewis University Airport in Romeoville was awarded a $3.3 million federal grant to reconstruct the airport’s main artery, called Taxiway B.

The grant comes from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. Construction is expected to begin in May 2020 and is expected to be completed that September, according to a news release.

“Lewis University Airport is a strong economic driver for Romeoville and the greater Will County region, and I will continue to work on its behalf to help it reach its full potential,” Lipinski said in the release.

The congressman also touted his efforts expand the airport’s business opportunities earlier this year by helping secure funding for a new air traffic control tower.

Taxiway B is the oldest paved surface in service at the airport. It was constructed in 1991 for the smaller aircraft using the airport at that time. The grant will fund the three-phase tear-out and reconstruction of Taxiway B, which supports the two corporate runways.

The airport is one of the five busiest airports in the state and is located near three major interstate highways. It houses 150 aircraft, including 10 corporate jets, with more than 100,000 annual aircraft operations, according to the release.

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