Quinn announces $664K for Lake in the Hills Airport project

LAKE IN THE HILLS – Construction of a new fueling facility and aircraft parking area is scheduled to begin in May at the village airport.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday a $664,000 capital investment for a construction project at the Lake in the Hills Airport.

"Investments in airports like this one in Lake in the Hills make them safer and more efficient,” Quinn said in a news release. “The project will also employ a number of construction workers, which will drive the local economy forward.”

The project will involve the construction of an aircraft parking area and a relocation of the fueling facility.

"We're relocating it to a location that improves the safety of the airport and brings us up to current technology," Lake in the Hills Public Works Director Fred Mullard said.

The projects are part of the ongoing safety improvements at the airport, Mullard said.

"It's necessary to relocate the current fuel farm because it's too close to the runway for FAA standards," Mullard said.

Rockford-based Stenstrom Excavation & Blacktop Inc. was awarded the project in November for $664,393. The company was the lowest of three bidders.

The federal government is paying for 90 percent of the project costs; 5 percent is from the state and 5 percent is coming from revenue generated at the airport, Mullard said.

Construction is expected to begin in May and last about eight weeks.

The Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Aeronautics will manage the project, the news release said.

State money for the project comes from Quinn's Illinois Jobs Now!, a $31 billion capital program that supports more than 439,000 jobs over six years, according to the release.

Mullard added the village this year plans to start design work for a parallel taxiway project. The village in 2011 and 2012 relocated two-thirds of its airport taxiway. The remaining third is on the east end of the airport and has yet to be moved.

Village officials are not sure yet if construction work on the project will take place this summer, Mullard said.

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