EUGENE, Ore. - A $7.4 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration will help pay for expansion of the Eugene Airport terminal and upgrades to the security checkpoint, Rep. Peter DeFazio announced this week.
"As someone who uses the Eugene Airport on a weekly basis, I know first-hand how security lines can extend all the way to the baggage claim," the Springfield Democrat said. "This FAA grant will improve efficiency and result in a better passenger experience."
The project carries an estimated total price tag of $11 million. Groundbreaking is expected this fall. Construction would likely last 2 years.
The local tourism and business community welcomed the news.
"They're entering their fourth year I think of record level passenger counts, so it's time," said Kari Westlund with Travel Lane County. "As we're positioning this area for conventions, meetings and sporting events,air service is always on the list of questions that people have - and our airport is one of the best in the state."
Among the improvements:
- Relocation and expansion of security checkpoint
- Replacement and relocation of escalators and stairs
- Addition of 2 rental car/airport shuttle counters
- Replacement of current baggage carousel and addition of a second carousel
"So now we'll have to think about which carousel our luggage is arriving on at the Eugene airport," said Dave Hauser with the Eugene Chamber of Commerce. "Who would have thought that would be the case?"