10 airports gear up for increased travel with expansions, renovations

Infrastructure is on everyone’s mind, following the Senate’s vote to advance a massive spending bill, the biggest outlay of federal money for the sector in almost 100 years.

Coinciding with that, travel is increasing and more people are flocking to airports than they have in a while, despite concerns about the delta variant of the coronavirus. With that in mind, here’s a look at some airports that are gearing up for expansion over the coming years in order from highest price tag to lowest:

MidAmerica St. Louis Airport

Officials at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport, located in Mascoutah, Illinois, are in the process of expanding the terminal, which is expected to be finished ahead of schedule.

The project, originally slated for completion in 2023, is now expected to be finished in December 2022 as a result of an additional $9.7 million federal grant, according to a press release from the airport. This funding is in addition to the $30 million originally awarded to the project, which is currently in its second phase, according to the Belleville News-Democrat. Leading the work is Holland Construction Services based in Swansea, Illinois.

When the project is finished, it will be 2.3 acres, and will feature a new security screening area, two new boarding bridges and other amenities for travelers, such as areas for service animals and services that will help accommodate disabled patrons.

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