Rep. Lipinski Announces $5 Million Federal Grant for Midway Airport

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a $5.1 million grant for the reconstruction of two airplane taxiways at Midway Airport. Both taxiways have reached the end of their useful life.

“Midway Airport serves a vital role in national air travel and our regional economy. This investment will help to ensure that the airport is operating as safely and efficiently as possible,” Rep. Lipinski said. “I will continue working to see that the federal government keeps investing in Midway.”

The grant is through the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program, which provides funding for projects that improve the safety and efficiency of airports in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS).

Rep. Lipinski is the state’s most senior member on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and sits on the Aviation Subcommittee. His district includes Midway Airport.

Rep. Lipinski previously helped to secure $30 million from the FAA for the installation of arrestor beds in Midway’s runway safety areas to stop aircraft from overshooting the airfield. Earlier this year, the congressman successfully fought to block plans for the overnight closure of the airport’s control tower due to federal sequestration.