Runway work to be completed at Ted Stevens International Airport this summer, other projects outlined in $85M upgrades

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ANCHORAGE, (KTUU) - Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is investing $85 million during the summer of 2019 to improve its infrastructure.

This summer, the North/South Runway project will be completed, according to staff at the airport. That part of the upgrades will cost $63 million. The project includes resurfacing the runway with new asphalt, widening the runway to accommodate larger aircraft serving ANC, and replacing the runway’s lighting system.

In a release from the airport this morning, staff also outlined how the airport will invest $8.4 million in terminal infrastructure and security upgrades to accommodate future growth in peak passenger times and enhance airport security. ANC will remove and replace an existing passenger jet bridge and add the removed jet bridge to a new gate, B10, in the South Terminal in time for the summer of 2020. Gate B10 will allow for ground loading operations this summer. Escalator replacements, and baggage handling upgrades are underway. Airfield access enhancements will begin later this summer. All these upgrades were outlined in a release from the airport's Development Specialist, Eland Conway.

The runway, new gate, and taxiway projects are funded with airport user fees and Federal Aviation Association grants.

Along with terminal infrastructure and security upgrades to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, the FedEx Express Facility is also getting improvements.

FedEx Express will upgrade existing gates to accommodate growth in their Boeing 777F operations at ANC. FedEx Express will also install new in-ground electrical systems to provide power to the aircraft while parked at the gate. These new in-ground power systems eliminate the use of onboard auxiliary power units or traditional fuel-powered ground power units, reducing emissions and noise.

The FedEx Express project is being funded by FedEx Express. No state general funds are being used.

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