After years of waiting, construction on a general aviation ramp at the Quad City International Airport can begin.
Governor Pat Quinn just announced millions of dollars in funding for local airport improvement projects and the Moline airport will receive $622,000.
Aviation Director, Bruce Carter, is overjoyed to get money from the state.
"We've been looking forward to this for the last three years," Carter said.
All of the money will go toward the expansion of the South ramp. This won't mean much for commercial flights or commercial passengers, but it will make the QC International Airport more competitive when it comes to the general aviation sector.
A ramp expansion creates more space for pilots to park their aircraft.
"You always want to have room for airplanes to park and have plenty of space around an airplane. So, it's safety related," Carter said."The south side gets busier and busier so this is going to help satisfy the need for that part of the airport."
Airport officials still hope to receive federal money, which will help with continued projects there. The ramp expansion should be complete by late summer.