SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Construction is well on its way at the new $3.1 billion Salt Lake International Airport.
On any given day, 600 people work on the new airport, completing about $30 million worth of construction every month.
“It is an exciting place. There are just new things going on every day,” project director Mike Williams said.
After years of foundation and utility work, Williams showed off the steel beams of the South Concourse West on Friday.
“Now we started building the buildings,” Williams said. “It took us about three years to get to this point and we have about three years until we open the first phase.”
Next month, 19 cranes will install the steel beams for the main terminal. Developers expect rapid growth, both above the ground and in tunnels below.
The new airport replaces three aging terminals with one central building. Two new concourses will be built and the current parking will double.
“It will be a very efficient airport. There will be a lot more concession opportunities, a lot more retail spaces, food and beverage spaces, the hold rooms will be larger and easier to find a place to sit and relax and wait for your flight,” Williams said.
Completion of the project is scheduled for 2024.
Twenty-five million passengers come through the current airport, approximately twice as many as it was built to handle 50 years ago.
Organizers say no local tax payer dollars are going toward the construction of the billion dollar project.