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Lawmakers seek funding to replace air traffic control tower at PIA

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – Congressmen Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Darin LaHood (R-IL) plus the senses. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) are leading the charge to prioritize funding for Peoria International Airport’s “obsolete” air traffic control tower.

“The historic, bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act recently signed into law by President Biden provides much-needed and long-awaited investments in our country’s infrastructure, including increased funding for airports,” wrote the members. “We are writing to highlight a provision of the law that allows federal funds to be used to upgrade or replace airport-owned air traffic control (ATC) towers and urge the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use this new authority to prioritize funding for the replacement of the outdated ATC Tower at Peoria International Airport in Peoria, Illinois.

Provisions passed in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act would provide grants to upgrade airport-owned air traffic control towers, which have traditionally been ignored by FAA funding.

Under the new bipartisan Infrastructure Act, air traffic control towers like the one at Peoria International Airport are now eligible for funding.