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Cleared to Expand: Area Airports Receive Funding

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

As more businesses locate their aerospace research and development and manufacturing in Indiana—and as other businesses across the country and around the world come through Indiana by air—the state’s airports have been growing to match demand.

In Lake County, the Griffith-Merrillville Airport has been awarded a grant. The airport is considering purchasing adjacent property and the $140,000 from the FAA will help with the environmental impact studies that will be required. According to a press release, General Manager Craig Anderson said, “the future acquisition of this area will allow us to remove existing and potential obstructions and further protect the approach to one of our runways.”

In Porter County, the Porter County Regional Airport received a $1.4 million FAA grant that will support reconstruction of its main, east-west runway. CEO Bill Hanna said the airport is a significant driver of regional economic activity, quoting a 2012 estimate that showed the airport’s economic impact to be more than $17 million annually.

In Allen County, the Fort Wayne International Airport was also awarded a major grant that will go towards rehabilitating one of its runways. The $12.8 million grant will cover most of the cost of the $14 million project. The airport has two runways, so the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority says flights will not be impacted by this project. Construction is expected to begin in the spring and be completed by the end of August 2016.

In August, ED Impact reported to you about the successful completion of the $174 million runway expansion at the Gary/Chicago International Airport in Lake County, IN.

Griffith-Merrillville Airport

Fort Wayne International Airport

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