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Nov. 22, 2010

SSA Existing Conditions Report
Submitted to FAA

SPRINGFIELD — Susan Shea, Ph.D., director of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Division of Aeronautics, announced today that the Existing Conditions Report has been completed and submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its review. This is the next step in meeting Gov. Quinn’s directive to build the South Suburban Airport (SSA) as “fast as humanly possible.”

The Existing Conditions Report provides an overall snapshot of the area surrounding SSA and includes detailed descriptions of the following:

Aviation Facilities: This includes the eight airports in a 20-mile radius that are open to the public: Gary/Chicago International Airport (GYY), Greater Kankakee Airport (IKK), Griffith-Merrillville Airport (05C), Kankakee Airport (3KK), Lansing Municipal Airport (IGQ), Lake Village Airport (C98), Lowell Airport (C97), and Bult Field Airport (C56).

Regional Setting: This includes the existing and proposed transportation network, municipalities and townships affected, including unincorporated Will County (Will, Monee, Washington and Crete townships) near the municipalities of Beecher, Crete, Monee, Peotone and University Park. It also includes planning agencies, population centers, community facilities, etc.

Surrounding Land Use: This identifies land zoning and use, compatibility with aviation-related development and notes the suburban growth on the north side of SSA.

Environmental Setting: This includes a comprehensive account of the environmental conditions in the area and which will be impacted in the following categories: noise, air quality, water quality, floodplains, wetlands, threatened and endangered species, biotic communities, park and recreation lands, historic/archeological, and prime and important farmland.

Socio-Economic: This includes a listing of data elements regarding population, housing, employment, income, and other demographic-related factors that impact the economic climate of the region.

The next step to be completed and submitted to the FAA will be the updating of the Facility Requirements Report, which is currently in production and is on target to be submitted to the FAA in December. This report will outline the infrastructure that is needed for SSA to accommodate the first five years of operations. It will include facilities such as runway and taxiway orientation and configuration, terminal size, the number of passenger gates, air cargo handling needs, and ancillary support facilities including the airport traffic control tower, airport rescue and firefighting building, fuel storage, maintenance facilities, utilities, etc.

The next submission will be the Alternatives Development and Evaluation Report, which includes a description of several different configurations for SSA based on the facilities required. It then evaluates each alternative objectively to determine the most operationally efficient, environmentally responsible, and economically feasible layout for the inaugural SSA.

“I am pleased to call your attention to the submittal of the Existing Conditions Report. The Existing Conditions Report as well as all other submitted materials are available at

“These series of reports are important milestones that will get us closer to the completion of the Airport Master Planning process, which will ultimately lead to the construction of the South Suburban Airport,” says Shea.

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