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Federal funding for O’Hare International Airport totals $50 million

O’Hare International Airport has received a $50 million federal grant, which Chicago officials say will help pay for a $200 million project for Terminal 3.

The federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is the source of the grant that was announced on Monday. It was described as “the largest such grant this year for any airport in America” by representatives from the Chicago Department of Aviation.

The U.S. Department of Transportation states that the O’Hare grant is one of nearly $1 billion given to 99 airports across the country.

In a statement, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said, “This investment is critical for improving accessibility, safety, and energy efficiency at Terminal 3, and it complements the Chicago Department of Aviation’s ongoing efforts to modernize and expand O’Hare.”

At Terminal 3, it is anticipated that the grant will be used to enhance customer amenities, enhance security screening, and broaden accessibility for passengers with disabilities. According to plans,

The Transportation Security Administration’s checkpoint was rearranged to make room for screening equipment that works better.
A passenger corridor that is three times wider than the current one, connecting Concourses K and L.
Improvements to the baggage facilities and systems at the terminal.
Approximately 10,000 square feet of brand-new spaces for amenities and concessions.

It is anticipated that previously allotted federal funds in addition to airline rates and charges will provide additional funding for the work on Terminal 3.

The construction is expected to begin this summer and be finished in 2025.

The grant that was announced on Monday follows the opening of a new eastern extension of Terminal 5 at O’Hare late last month.

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