State money to upgrade Waukegan Regional Airport
News-Sun Staff report April 4, 2013 12:06PM
Waukegan Regional Airport will get $1.2 million in state funding for improved taxiways, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday. |Sun-Times file
Updated: June 4, 2013 2:33AM
WAUKEGAN — Waukegan Regional Airport will get $1.2 million in state funding for improved taxiways, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday.
The work will involve the rehabilitation of Taxiway C and associated exit taxiways at Waukegan Regional, including widening the pavement to 50 feet and other related work, to comply with current FAA safety criteria. The airport’s taxiways connect runways with ramps, hangars, terminals and other facilities.
Payne & Dolan, Inc. of Antioch, was the lowest of three bidders for the work with a quote of $1,224,981. The construction should start in early May with completion in August 2013.
The Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics, will manage the project, part of the $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program.
“This is an important investment for Lake County,” State Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, said. “It brings jobs along with a much-needed facelift for the Waukegan airport. Enhanced transportation opportunities for business will go a long way in helping us compete with Wisconsin and keep jobs here.”