Willard Airport worked with engineering firm Crawford, Murphy, and Tilly to complete its first master plan in more than 30 years. The plan lays out projects that should be completed to ensure the Airport is ready to serve the community for the next several decades.
The master plan found the existing Passenger Terminal Building, which was built in 1988, is considered to be a “pre-9/11” facility. Its existing layout, size, and features did not consider enhanced security requirements and space standards that changed drastically in 2001-2002.
A terminal upgrade program was developed to expand and modernize the existing facility to meet future travel demand while providing amenities and enhancements to improve the overall passenger experience.
The upgrade program includes the relocation and expansion of the TSA security screening checkpoint and a larger passenger queue line, which will be complete in 2024. The program also includes an expansion of TSA baggage screening areas, an eventual additional baggage claim carousel, and renovated restrooms.
In addition to terminal upgrades, the master plan will bring Willard Airport up to FAA taxiway design standards, enhancing airfield safety by making geometric improvements that require more deliberate taxi movements and improve pilot situational awareness.
The master plan calls for a new aircraft rescue and firefighting facility. The current facility is nearing the end of its useful life. The master plan also found that the site is not ideal for long term operations and building size – and an alternate site should be explored to ensure the best response possible.
Finally, the master plan calls on the Airport to work with local communities to ensure compatible uses of land both on the Airport’s property and on adjacent property.
You can read the entire master plan report at: Full Airport Master Plan – CMI