Metropolis Airport Receives $133K for Upgrades

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METROPOLIS -- The Metropolis Municipal Airport will receive $133,000 for upgrades.

Governor Pat Quinn announced the capital investment Thursday.

The money will be used for the first phase of construction on a partial parallel taxiway, along with necessary grading and drainage work. The project has been awarded to Sierra Bravo Contractors, LLC of Sesser.

"Many do not realize the regional impact this airport provides to us through seasonal agricultural spraying, and serving as one of the training grounds for future aviators through SIU's School of Aviation," said State Representative Brandon Phelps of Harrisburg.

Construction is expected to begin in May.

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