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Dubuque Regional Airport breaks ground on new terminal

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Wednesday afternoon, the Dubuque Regional Airport held a groundbreaking ceremony for its $40 million expansion. The airport is building a new passenger terminal.

The US Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration is paying $33,740,777.

The state, through the Iowa Department of Transportation's state aviation program, is paying $1,049,298 from the Commercial Air Service Vertical Infrastructure Grant Program.

$5,183,378 in local dollars brings the grand total to $39,973,453. Airport officials say that local money comes largely from facility charges paid by those who rent cars and buy plane tickets, though a small amount is coming from the city of Dubuque.

At Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony at the airport's Jet Center hangar, Dubuque mayor Roy Buol lauded the building plans.

"Future business and leisure travelers alike will be incredibly impressed when they arrive in Dubuque at this new terminal complex, and residents of the region will be extremely proud to meet and welcome visitors at the facility," Buol said.

Airport manager Bob Grierson said people come from all over the area to use the Dubuque Regional Airport.

"I take care of people from Waterloo, from Platteville, from Galena, from Maquoketa. We have people who come in from Cedar Rapids," Grierson said, eliciting a laugh from the audience. "Yes, we do."

The current terminal opened in 1947. Grierson said 70,000 passengers come and go from the airport each year.

Airport officials expect to complete the new terminal by December of 2016.

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