U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today announced the University of Illinois Willard Airport will receive a $1,300,692 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The grant will be used for rehabilitation of taxiway lighting, signage, and wiring. This is the second FAA grant received in 2019 by Willard for a total federal investment of more than $11.2 million.
"Willard Airport is an essential part of the Champaign-Urbana community and helps connect it and surrounding rural areas to the rest of the world," said Davis. "These necessary upgrades would not be possible without federal support and I’m glad to see Champaign-Urbana benefiting from this grant. As a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, my priority continues to be investing in our nation’s infrastructure, especially in rural America.”
“This grant will be used to rehabilitate signage, lighting, and underground wiring infrastructure on numerous air carrier taxiways at Willard Airport,” said Willard Airport Executive Director Tim Bannon. “The project associated with this grant will allow us to continue to maintain a high level of safety for our aeronautical users. We appreciate the ongoing support from the FAA, and look forward to beginning the project.”