For Immediate Release

April 14, 2004
Contact: Tony Molinaro
Phone: (847) 294-7427

CHICAGO — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will host a public meeting on Tuesday, May 25, to collect comments on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed expansion of Gary/Chicago International Airport.

The FAA will use the oral and written public comments it receives to further develop an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that focuses on researching, analyzing and disclosing the potential impacts of the airport project.

The May 25 workshop and public hearing will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Terminal Building of the Gary/Chicago International Airport, 6001 West Industrial Highway in Gary, Ind. Members of the public may comment on the draft environmental report at the meeting, or from April 16 through June 11 by fax at (847) 294-7036 or by e-mail at Comments may also be mailed to:

Prescott C. Snyder, Airports Environmental Program Manager
Federal Aviation Administration – Airports Division
2300 Devon Ave. (Room 315)
Des Plaines, IL 60018

The public can view the FAA’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement during regular business hours at the following locations:

  • Gary/Chicago International Airport, 6001 West Industrial Highway, Gary, Indiana
  • FAA Chicago Airports District Office, Room 312, 2300 East Devon Avenue, Des Plaines, Illinois
  • Gary Public Library, 220 West 5th Avenue, Gary, Indiana
  • Hammond Public Library, 564 State Street, Hammond, Indiana
  • East Chicago Main Library, 2401 East Columbus Drive, East Chicago, Indiana
  • Indiana University Northwest Library, 3400 Broadway, Gary Indiana
  • Lake County Main Library, 1919 West 81st Avenue, Merrillville, Indiana
  • Purdue Calumet Library, 2200 169th Street, Hammond, Indiana

The draft environmental study focuses on the following airport development for the proposed project:

  • Extend existing Runway 12-30 and improve both runway safety areas,
  • Relocate the E.J. & E. Railroad,
  • Extend parallel taxiway A to the new end of Runway 12,
  • Build deicing hold pads on Taxiway A at Runway 12 and Runway 30,
  • Expand the existing passenger terminal to accommodate projected demands,
  • Analyze sites close to extended Runway 12-30 for potential aviation related development, including a future new passenger terminal and air cargo area.