Businesses learn more about airport terminal construction

Businesses learn more about airport terminal construction

KENNER, LA (WVUE) - The new terminal at Armstrong International Airport is set to be completed by 2018.

Officials held an informational meeting Monday at the Double Tree in Kenner to talk about what that means for nearby businesses in the meantime.

City officials and construction workers spoke with owners of local businesses and heard concerns about how they will be impacted by the terminal construction.

At the meeting, Kenner City Council members and a consortium of four contractors hired to build the terminal laid out a general plan for the $650 million terminal set to be completed by October 2018, drawing questions from nearby businesses.

"That's why we're here today, to get more information about what's going to happen future in terms of the residents in that community," said Mark Mitchell with the New Hope Community Church.

Project coordinators introduced a traffic plan they say is designed to minimize impact on businesses close to the construction site while construction is underway. Bainbridge St. was announced as a main delivery route for construction materials. Officials also gave a schedule for those deliveries, most of them being off peak hours. Crestview St. was announced as a secondary route, and Aberdeen St. as a general aviation and overflow route.

When it is finished, the new terminal will have more than 750 thousand square feet of space, 30 gates, a 2,000 car parking garage, and a ground transportation hub and a hotel. A hotline will be announced for any follow up questions about the terminal construction, but the dozens of business owners who came Monday got a head start.

"I think just what are they going to do to not cause a major traffic jam where people just avoid going to the area and doing business with those business people that have been there for a long time," said. Marcel Lashover, president of the Kenner Business Association.

City officials say building the terminal will create more than 13,000 construction jobs, and the project is expected to generate nearly $1 billion in direct investment in the region.

Tuesday, the same type of meeting will be held, this one specifically to inform residents. That is at 6 p.m. at the Susan Park gym.

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