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Public Hearing on Proposed New Terminal B at Bradley International Airport Thursday

State officials want to gather public comment on the proposal for a new terminal where the unused Terminal B is now located.

 

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is holding a public hearing Thursday on a proposed new terminal at .

The hearing is being held at 7 p.m. at the , 34 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks. The department announced the hearing in a July 2 press release.

State officials are seeking comment on the proposal to building a new terminal where the unused Terminal B now sits. The proposal calls for a 19-gate terminal, with two gates for international wide-body planes, to meet future capacity needs.

The proposal is the result of preliminary engineering and architectural evaluations of alternatives for developing airport facilities that could satisfy future air travel demand at Bradley, consistent with the objectives identified in the 2005 Airport Master Plan Update for the airport, officials said.

State and Connecticut Airport Authority officials have said no determination on whether to move forward with the project has been made.

“The demand isn’t there yet,” Robert Bruno, chief engineer for the state Department of Aviation, said at a recent CAA meeting. “We’re just showing future designs.”

The proposal shows the whole potential for passenger growth at the airport in the future,  CAA Chairwoman Mary Ellen Jones said.

“It’s our duty to develop the demand that would warrant a new terminal, but it’s not there yet,” Jones said at the authority’s July meeting.

The design also proposes building a new garage facility that would also house consolidate car rental center.

Construction would be done in phases. The parking garage/ConRAC and most of the roadway network would be constructed in an initial phase since demand for the parking garage/ConRAC facility already exists for passengers arriving at Terminal A.

According to the Environmental Assessment/Environmental Impact Evaluation, the new Terminal B would be constructed in two later phases – an initial segment of Terminal B and the upper roadway (viaduct) serving Terminal B, would be constructed in a second phase with an estimated completion date of 2018, while a second segment of the terminal would be constructed in a final phase, which is anticipated by 2028 (i.e., full-build). Terminal construction phasing will also be based on any updated demand forecasts.



Chris Clapp August 01, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Really? Is Bradley even using it's current capacity? Everyone knows flights are cheaper and more abundant through NY and Boston. Exactly what is projected to be bringing the extra volume through Windsor Locks? By the way, why did they turn so much of the surrounding property into long term parking lots which aren't utilized or maintained? Now they want to build another garage?
Chris Clapp August 01, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Can we seriously project demand in 2028? How much has it increased in the last 15 years? Again, this is Windsor Locks we are talking about. Last time I checked Hartford and Springfield have struggled to keep businesses within their boundaries.
Nancy Marinone August 01, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Are you the Chris Clapp from North Granby? If so you don't know what you are talking about.
Maria Giannuzzi August 01, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I think Bradley could be a very viable alternative for airlines and individuals who did not want to fly in and out of the much more congested and sometimes less accessible New York and Boston airports. For many locations in New England and southern New York, it is much easier to fly into and out of Bradley than Boston or New York City. If I lived in southern Vermont, Western Massachusetts, or even southern New York I'd much rather fly to London from Bradley than either Boston or New York City. It's quicker, cheaper driving or by ground transportation, and much less congested. In many cases an individual could take public transit or have a relative drop them off at Bradley, saving on parking fees and other expenses, all in probably less than an hour or an hour and a half. In addition, Bradley is very often the go-to airport when nearby airports are experiencing weather-related or other problems. The FAA should provide Bradley with extra funding because of its function as the go-to airport when there are problems at other airports. Prior mistakes like devoting so much prime real estate to long-term parking that was not needed should be learned from and not repeated. The proposal for a new terminal should be looked at carefully. But if Bradley is marketed properly and especially if the FAA gives additional financial support to Bradley, it may be a wise decision to go ahead with the project.
Maria Giannuzzi August 01, 2012 at 01:32 PM
It is important to ask questions. Mistakes have been made in the past at Bradley that have not been helpful to Windsor Locks, the surrounding communities or the State of Connecticut. There have also been many benefits for Windsor Locks and the state from Bradley. We should look at the proposal for a new terminal carefully. On a historical note: When the State of Connecticut purchased a substantial amount of land in Windsor Locks from private owners so that the Army could build the World War II airfield that became Bradley Airport, the Town of Windsor Locks received signficantly less in financial compensation from the state than it had been getting in property taxes from that land. In other words, Windsor Locks lost out financially.
Rob August 01, 2012 at 07:45 PM
If we build it, they will come. And if not, we can turn it into a homeless shelter because at this rate none of us will have a job.

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