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Dec. 15, 2010

SSA Facility Requirements Report
Submitted to FAA

PEOTONE — Susan Shea, Ph.D., director of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Division of Aeronautics, announced today that the Facility Requirements Report has been submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for their review. This is the next chapter of the Airport Master Plan and is a significant component that leads to the FAA’s preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Governor Quinn has directed IDOT-Aeronautics to plan and design a safe, convenient, and efficient airport for the South Suburban Chicagoland Area. It is Governor Quinn’s expectation that this airport, currently referred to as South Suburban Airport (SSA), will provide numerous jobs for the region.

The Facility Requirements Report details the airfield facilities to accommodate the Inaugural Airport Program (IAP) for the first five years of operations. It will include facilities such as runway and taxiway length, 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. One of the major findings of this report, is the validation of the initial primary runway length of 9,500ft and the expandability of that runway to over 10,000ft. The report also identifies potential airport growth for the next 20 years.

The Facilities Requirements Report submitted officially on December 15, 2010 will be followed by the Alternatives Development and Evaluation Report. “The SSA Team is working diligently to prepare the Alternatives Development and Evaluation Report for timely submission to the FAA. This will be another milestone in the Master Plan process.” says Shea.

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