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Tri-Cities Airport Renovation Costs Up $14 Million

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The Tri-Cities Airport is revving up for a major remodel and the price tag on the upgrades is many millions higher than first estimated. The Tri-Cities Airport is revving up for a major remodel and the price tag on the upgrades is many millions higher than first estimated.

PASCO, WA - The Tri-Cities Airport is revving up for a major remodel and the price tag on the upgrades is many millions higher than first estimated.

Tri-Cities Airport Director, Ron Foraker, says they're adding improvements the airport needs to stand the next few decades of use, making the $14 million raise in costs worth while.

The first estimate for the renovation project was $29 million and at Thursday's Port of Pasco meeting the project's estimate came in at $43.5 million.

The commissioners reviewed the considered add-ons driving up the cost including improvements to baggage claim, TSA security lanes and concessions just to name a few. Commissioners recognized the improvements are worth the price jump.

"The airport terminal has been designed to accommodate the footprint of the population that uses our facility. We're not growing larger than what it should be. We're putting in the amenities that the public are going to expect," Foraker said.

The costs will be covered by a $24 million bond, $10 million in FAA funding, Port of Pasco reserve funds and airport user fees travelers are already charged.

Foraker says the finalized plans for the project are expected to be released in March and construction will begin this summer.

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