Major improvements coming to Albany International Airport


Officials announced major improvements are coming to the Albany International Airport on Tuesday.

A $92 million construction project is taking flight at Albany International Airport.

“The airport terminal unfortunately has not experienced any major enhancements in 20 years,” Howard Zemsky, Empire State Development CEO, said.

Zemsky outlined plans to modernize the airport beginning with an upgraded interior with new dining, USB charging ports, and new escalators. All things Airport CEO John O’Donnell says is sorely needed.

“It’s time to modernize it and give it a new look like a very modern airport that you see around the country today,” O’Donnell said.

Next, a new parking garage with a pedestrian bridge will create 1,000 new spaces, increasing parking capacity by 20 percent.

Finally the biggest project is improved traffic connectors off exit four of the Northway to provide direct access from Albany Shaker Road, something the dot has talked about since the 1960s.

“It’s going to relieve congestion tremendously on wolf road and the old wolf road and the Albany shaker road area,” Wahid Albert, NYS Department of Transportation Chief Engineer, said.

Airport construction will start in September, work on the connecting ramp will begin in October, and the entire project expected to be complete by November of 2020.

“To have this new off-ramp is going to take a lot of that pressure off Wolf Road. It’s also going to take a lot of pressure off of Albany Shaker Road. It will also improve people’s time and quality of life,” Dan McCoy, Albany County Executive, said.

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