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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Rochester International Airport Expansion Project

April 19, 2017 11:02 PM

(ABC 6 News) --  Rochester International Airport started their multi-million dollar expansion and renovation with a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday. 

Officials said that the project has been in the works for more than four years, and will cost around $12 million.

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"Within the terminal, we are going to see a better utilization of space," said John Reed, the executive director for the Rochester International Airport. "You are going to see U.S. customs move into the building. You are going to see all of our partner airlines on one end of the building and baggage claim on the other. You are going to see an improvement at our TSA checkpoint and a widening for a better departure. And then you’ll see new restrooms on the other side, which are sorely needed."

The airport will be able to accommodate their annual 230,000 travelers and draw the interest of new travelers. 

Officials say the airport will maintain their quota of flights while construction is underway. However, travelers may need to use alternative routes and have limited gates for arrivals and departures.

Funding for the project came from federal grants and the city.


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