Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday announced the awarding of a $483,875 contract for improvements at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia.
The work will involve grading the ditch parallel to the main airport runway, which the governor's office said will improve drainage and help runway maintenance. The state Department of Transportation's Division of Aeronautics will manage the project.
"Investments in our airports make them more efficient and safer while creating construction jobs," Quinn said, adding that the project "will continue to ensure that Illinois has a strong, 21st century infrastructure."
Edwards-Kamadulski LLC of East St. Louis submitted the lowest of seven bids and was awarded the contract. The project is funded through the state's capital construction program, called "Illinois Jobs Now!"
Sen. James Clayborne, D-Beleville, said: "Infrastructural investments -- especially at this airport -- help create jobs for area construction companies, ensure safe travel and support added commerce in the region."
Rep. Eddie Lee Jackson, D-East St. Louis, said: "The St. Louis Downtown Airport is a thriving center for transportation in our region. Further improvements to the airport will help provide immediate jobs in our community and contribute to greater economic development in the metro-east."