Construction begins on new Salt Lake airport

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 18, 2014 at 12:51 pm •  Published: July 18, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Construction begins Friday on a $1.8 billion project designed to revamp terminals and streamline operations and at Salt Lake City International Airport.

Officials from the airport and Salt Lake say the remodeling will prove tricky because crane and forklifts maneuver right next to the existing airport, which will operate as normal.

The logistics are "staggeringly complex," said Maureen Riley, executive director of Salt Lake City's Department of Airports. Officials contend the update is overdue. They say the facility, a common transfer point for national and international Delta Airlines flights, handles about twice as many travelers as it was built to.

The new design trades in the hub's three terminals for one big terminal. Officials last year told The Associated Press they drew inspiration from southern Utah's smaller airports, where the region's soaring red rocks are featured inside the facility. They hope to incorporate the same "sense of place," they said, by showcasing eastward views of the Wasatch mountains.

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