Though work on Governor Cuomo’s LaGuardia Airport overhaul commenced in June, the first part of the project, the replacement of Terminal B (which will alone carry a $4 billion price tag) is expected to be completed in phases between 2018 and 2022.
But travelers will now get some more immediate relief, as the Wall Street Journal reports that $5 million in improvements are coming to the terminal by the end of the year in order to keep it up and running until the new buildings opens its doors to passengers in 2020. This includes repairing the current leaky ceilings, adding well-lit signage, improving ventilation and air conditioning, putting new seating and tables into the two food courts, painting walls, sprucing up restrooms, and bettering the acoustics at security checkpoints.
Renderings of the overhaul
LaGuardia Gateway Partners, a public-private partnership formed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to oversee the revamp, is also managing this interim work. Chief executive Stewart Steeves said, “Having leaky ceilings is completely unacceptable and we’re going to do everything within our power to eliminate leaky ceilings. A facility of that nature shouldn’t have roof leaks. We know that it’s darker than it should be in certain places, and we’re studying how to bring that light intensity up and make the space more attractive.” He said passengers can expect to see the fixes beginning this fall.
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Lead image of Terminal B via Dean Zanello/Panoramio
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