CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Construction crews are back at work at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport as Phase ll of the $45 million Gateway Transformation Project gets underway.
"We keep hearing all these positive comments about how wonderful the airport looks. We have the new Prospect Hill, more restrooms, more business centers, things like that,” said airport spokesperson Tara Hernandez. “It really just opened up our space and made it more reflective of West Michigan. Now we are moving to the front of house.”
The most immediate impact of Phase II work will be on those picking up and dropping off travelers at the Ford Airport. A large portion of the curb lane will be closed, creating more congestion at other drop-off points.
The layout of the airport won't change, but it will be getting a face-lift and more amenities.
"A lot of this (outdoor) space is going to be enclosed, where we are adding some new restaurants and restrooms,” Hernandez explained.
Also part of the $18 million Phase II project: the airport will be moving its big, bulky bag scanners out of passengers’ view.