NY/NJ Port authority approves $500 million for airport redevelopment project

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey board of commissioners recently voted to approve $496 million for the Terminal A Redevelopment Program at Newark Liberty International Airport.

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The $2.3 billion program will create a one-million-square-foot terminal with 33 aircraft gates, a roadway network, and create a parking lot with a capacity of 3,000 vehicles.

The approved funds will be used for the first phase of the project which includes the demolition of existing buildings, concourses and satellites, the milling of existing pavement, new paving work and curbing, the installation of taxi lane lighting and a new drainage system, and the construction of four new bridge structures.

The terminal is scheduled for partial opening in 2021 and will be fully operational in 2022. It will be named Terminal One to avoid confusion with the existing Terminal A.

“Newark Liberty is experiencing unprecedented growth in passenger traffic, up about 7 percent this year and on pace to greatly exceed the record 40 million customers we served in 2016,” Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole said. “As another record year for Newark Liberty and our entire airport system draws to a close, this vote reaffirms our agency’s commitment to modernizing our airports and delivering world-class customer service.”