Lambert-St. Louis International Airport appears on a priority list of about 50 nationwide infrastructure projects reportedly put together by President Donald Trump’s transition team.
A detailed list of projects was obtained by McClatchy’s Kansas City Star and The News Tribune. A White House spokeswoman told the Star that the list was “not an official White House document,” but a senior congressional aide had told the newspaper that Trump’s transition team created the list of “Emergency & National Security Projects.” It was unclear whether the list was considered a draft or a final version.
The newspaper also reported on a preliminary list of infrastructure projects that appeared in a spreadsheet circulated by the National Governor’s Association in December. Many of the projects showed up on both documents, including a major development project at the St. Louis airport.
A description of the St. Louis airport project on the more detailed document copies a news release that had been posted on the airport’s website in May 2015. The St. Louis project appears at No. 50 on the list.
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It said the following: “The St. Louis Airport Commission approved a major development project at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport that is geared to be a catalyst for international cargo activity and jobs by expanding Lambert’s aviation facilities and capabilities on the north side of the airfield. The project will generate more than $13.5 million in lease revenue alone, over the initial term of the agreement.”
The cost of the airport project was estimated at $1.8 billion and would possibly provide 1,800 direct jobs, according to the document.
An airport spokesman told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the estimated cost and job figures didn’t come from airport officials. The airport also noted that the air cargo expansion project was considered to be a private development project, not using public money.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens declined to comment on the project list reported by the Star and McClatchy Washington Bureau.
The list does not include any projects in southern Illinois; however, it noted an Illinois River lock project near Versailles, a river locks project on the upper Mississippi River, Chicago Union Station redevelopment and the Red and Purple Line Modernization in Chicago.
It also listed the Kansas City International Airport in Missouri.
The document reported that the 50 projects would take a total investment of $137.5 billion, with 50 percent coming from private investment.