Airport hopes to land more FAA funding


An airport consultant says the Gary-Chicago International Airport should learn in the coming month whether it will receive any more funding from the Federal Aviation Administration for its nearly $170 million expansion.

The Times of Munster reports that JClark Aviation chief executive officer John Clark told airport authority board members Monday that the FAA is considering funding $16 million in eligible projects. He says the FAA found $8 million in projects were not eligible.

Clark says the money would be used for rail and other projects which were not anticipated when the airport's original request was filed.

The airport expansion plan calls for extending the 7,000-foot runway to 8,900 feet, moving a heavily trafficked rail line owned by Canadian National Railway, and work on two other rail lines.

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