Shovels can hit the ground for multi-billion dollar O’Hare Airport terminal

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Chicago Construction News staff writer

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Construction can start on new passenger terminals at O’Hare International Airport, officials have announced.

“Chicago’s transportation infrastructure is what makes this city an economic powerhouse of global importance,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Now, as we prepare to break ground on O’Hare’s newest terminal, Chicago and this entire region will be positioned to grow and create good-paying jobs through the benefits of first-rate infrastructure, beginning with the construction project itself.”

The review analyzed Chicago Department of Aviation projects including new terminals, on-airport hotels, airfield and taxiway improvements and support facilities. It also reviewed the FAA’s proposal to make permanent angled approaches to Runway 10R/28L to allow simultaneous arrival to multiple runways.

The FAA concluded that proposed construction projects and changes to air traffic procedures will not significantly affect any environmental resources, including noise, air quality, water resources, and historic sites.

Buttigieg also met with students studying on Chicago’s Southside to become aviation maintenance technicians and heard how students can learn the skills necessary to move into good jobs in aviation.

President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes more than $73 million available to O’Hare and more than $20 million to Midway International Airport in the first year. The law created three programs, investing $25 billion total over five years into the U.S. aviation system.

The final environmental assessment and details about the projects can be found here.

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