The latest in a series of improvements at Southeast Iowa Regional Airport on Summer Street are underway.

An eight-week rehabilitation by Myers Construction, Inc., Sperry, of 78,000 square feet of the airport’s aircraft apron built in 1946 paid for with a nearly $800,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration has started.

Crawford, Murphy and Tilly, Inc., of Springfield, Illinois, is providing project management including completion of preliminary and final design phases, coordinating quality and materials testing and construction phase services.

Total construction cost is $882,589. The FAA is paying for 90 percent of the work and 10 percent is funded from local sources. The project is part of the airport’s five-years capital improvement program.

“We appreciate the continued investment in Southeast Iowa Regional Airport’s infrastructure by the FAA and our entities to help us better serve the demands of our commercial, business and aviation users,” said Mary Beaird, airport director, in a press release issued by the airport.

Beaird noted that the improvements are providing jobs and expenditures in the local economy.

This latest project encompasses half of the apron on the south side of the terminal.

Other 2018 airport projects include an Iowa DOT-funded $131,000 phase I terminal remodel and $130,000 design-phase runway 18/36 reconstruction.

The Airport Improvement Program federal grant program provides funds for the nation’s airports to enhance safety and efficiency with improvements and upgrades related to runways, taxiways, ramps, lighting, signage, land acquisition and other areas.

The airport served 14,898 commercial service passengers in 2017.