TRANSPORTATION

$2.7B Newark Airport terminal project reaches construction milestone

BY Julie Daurio, Associate Producer |

A new terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport is taking shape.

On Wednesday, Port Authority officials and state elected leaders held a ceremony to mark the placement of the final exterior steel beam atop the new Terminal One, a 1 million square foot, $2.7 billion project to replace the oldest of the airport’s three terminals.

Built in 1973, Terminal A is was designed to serve 9 million passengers a year, according to the Port Authority. But in recent years, it’s been pushed past its breaking point with more than 11 million annual passengers.

Some 14 million passengers are expected to pass through Terminal One’s 33 gates — four more than its predecessor — when it fully opens in 2022. The number of gates could eventually expand to 45.

It’s the anchor project for what will eventually be a remade airport.

“We recognize that what exists today is not adequate and we are committed to change,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “We are committed to getting this project done on time and on budget, and it is only the beginning. We are building a new Newark Airport AirTrain and we are committed to starting on the process of replacing Terminal B with a new Terminal Two. We are committed to a world-class Newark airport.”

Officials broke ground on the project a year ago. It’s the largest single investment the Port Authority has ever made in New Jersey.

The agency is slated to vote at its board meeting Thursday to move ahead on construction of a new AirTrain and Terminal Two.