Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has announced a $125 million three-year plan to improve Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall), USA.
The multi-phase development plan will construct a new secure connector between Concourses D and E; create a new security checkpoint for domestic and international travellers; and configure gates to support additional international flights. The Board of Public Works is scheduled to consider the first of several contracts at their July 24 meeting.
Governor O’Malley commented: “This development plan will support hundreds of jobs for Marylanders and increase travel, trade and business development in our state. Together, we are expanding opportunities for growth at BWI Marshall as a convenient, efficient airport for travellers throughout the region.”
The project will move forward with a $25m investment from the Transportation Infrastructure and Investment Act of 2013 and $100m provided by passenger facility charges. The preliminary schedule calls for project completion in autumn 2016.
The airport is currently working to complete a series of improvements near the centre of the terminal. A new security checkpoint and airside connector that links Concourse C with A and B opened in April. Construction work on the B/C connector and enhancements to Concourse C are due to be complete this autumn.
The Transportation Infrastructure and Investment Act of 2013 supports more than 57,200 jobs and invests an average of $800m a year for transportation projects, and a total of $4.4bn over the next six financial years, to enable Maryland to build a “sustainable, 21st century transportation system”.