O’Hare airport gets $65 million from DOT for runway construction

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding $495 million in airport infrastructure grants, the second allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program funding for airports across the U.S.

The Chicago O’Hare International Airport will receive $65 million to be used for a partial reimbursement for the construction of Runway 10C/28C and Runway 9C/27C.

“This significant investment in airport improvements will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation,” U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a statement.

There will be a total of 358 grants to 327 airports around the country in 46 states and the Pacific Islands. Selected projects include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, construction of firefighting facilities, and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons, and terminals.

The construction and equipment supported by this funding increase the airports’ safety, emergency response capabilities, and capacity, and could support further economic growth and development within each airport’s region.

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