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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Gary, Ind., airport gets latest piece of grant

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Gary/Chicago International Airport received its fifth installment of federal funding to support airport expansion efforts, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, said, according to the Gary Post-Tribune. The $5-million grant will go toward the airport's runway extension project and is part of a $57.8-million allocation over 10 years. To date, the airport has received more than $25 million from its grant awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The project will expand the airport's runway from 7,000 to 8,900 feet. The extension also calls for the relocation of railroad tracks owned by Canadian National Railway. Airport Director Chris Curry said the two groups are in the final stages of signing an agreement to allow the project to begin in the summer.