The United States Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, announced the start of construction work on the new terminal at O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, once the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) completed the environmental review of the project.
“As we prepare to break ground on the new Chicago O'Hare Airport terminal, this region will be positioned to grow and create good-paying jobs through the benefits of world-class infrastructure, beginning with the construction project itself. ”said the official.
The review considered Chicago Aviation Department projects, including new terminals, airport hotels, airfield and taxiway improvements, and support facilities. It also reviewed the FAA's proposal to conduct permanent angled approaches to runway 10R/28L to allow simultaneous arrival on multiple runways.
The FAA concluded that the proposed construction projects and changes to air traffic procedures will not significantly affect any environmental issues, including noise, air quality, water resources, and historic sites.
President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Act made more than $73 million available for O'Hare Terminal and more than $20 million for Midway International Airport in the first year. The law created three programs, investing a total of $25 billion over five years in the US aviation system.
The FAA operates three air traffic control towers at O'Hare and handles more than 700,000 arrivals and departures annually at the airport's eight runways.
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