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July 31, 2012

Airport Access Plan submitted to FAA

PEOTONE - The Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics has submitted the Draft Airport Access Plan for the South Suburban Airport to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Des Plaines. The Airport Access Plan looks at the current surface transportation network around SSA and identifies potential effects on travel routes and traffic levels stemming from SSA’s Inaugural Airport Program (IAP).

The Airport Access Plan analyses the existing surface transportation network, including regional roads, local roads, and the rail system. It identifies the community transportation patterns of first responders, school bus routes, mail and commercial delivery vehicles, and others. The Airport Access Plan then presents an overview of expected road modifications and potential improvements to the surrounding road network to accommodate the IAP.

Susan Shea, Ph.D., director of IDOT's Division of Aeronautics said "This Access Plan builds a picture of the surface infrastructure expected to support SSA and the neighboring areas after SSA is constructed. We encourage our local community partners to take a look and provide their feedback. No one knows the local surface transportation needs better than those who live and work around SSA.”

The Airport Access Plan utilizes the Preferred IAP Configuration as determined in the recently FAA-Accepted Alternatives Development and Evaluation Report and serves as a supporting document to the upcoming Facility Implementation Plan and Airport Layout Plan. IDOT-Aeronautics continues to work with the FAA to promptly complete the Airport Master Plan.

All of the submitted materials to the FAA as part of the airport master planning process are available at www.southsuburbanairport.com.

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