Glass Bridges At Airport Terminal Ready By March

Passengers at the Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport may start seeing things more clearly starting in March. Mike Wilson, airport operations manager, reported to the Airport Expansion Committee that construction began Oct. 2 and is expected to be completed by March for two new terminal bridges.

The two bridges that passengers walk across to get to the airplanes will be different from the others at the airport – the bridges will be glass.

"They're going to knock everybody's socks off," said John Sutton, aviation director.

In July, the Killeen City Council approved a budget adjustment for the $1.97 million construction project. Sutton said the glass/crystal bridges cost about 5 percent more than the steel bridges.

"Instead of a person getting claustrophobic ... this will open everything up," Sutton said in an interview. "It gives them (passengers) a feeling of openness."

The Federal Aviation Administration is paying for 95 percent of the project.

Currently, there are four airport terminal bridges. Sometimes there are five planes to board, so passengers board from the runway, Sutton said. The terminal was built to add two terminals later, if needed.

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600450 Glass Bridges At Airport Terminal Ready By March
Date: 22 October 2007

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