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O'Hare modernization work gets $65 million grant

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July 24, 2013 09:56 AM EST | AP


CHICAGO — The federal government has awarded a $65 million grant for runway construction as part of the massive project to modernize Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley announced the grant Tuesday. Quigley sits on a House subcommittee on transportation.

He says "modernizing Chicago O'Hare will ensure the airport remains one of the top travel and shipping hubs in the country."

The multibillion-dollar project to reconfigure and add runways at O'Hare began more than a decade ago. It's aimed at expanding capacity and eliminating severe delays.

At the center of the project is the reconfiguration of O'Hare's runways into a more modern parallel layout, rather than an intersecting one.

The grant money for O'Hare comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation.