Illinois' two U.S. senators announced a $10 million grant to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport for a new taxiway — part of a massive project to modernize the airport.
Democrat Dick Durbin and Republican Mark Kirk announced the Department of Transportation funding Friday. Durbin says the federal government has invested $747 million to expand and modernize O'Hare. The senator says the added funding announced Friday will create jobs and "keep the project on track."
The new taxiway will improve traffic flow and access between the south field runways. Design will begin this fall with construction starting in 2014. The taxiway is slated for completion in 2016.
The overall multibillion-dollar O'Hare project to reconfigure and add runways began more than a decade ago. It's aimed at expanding capacity and eliminating severe delays.