A $4.7 million improvement project is moving forward at the Gary/Chicago International Airport. The airport authority board approved a contract for the work Monday with Goshen-based Rieth-Riley Construction Co. Inc.
Plans call for rehabilitation work involving pavement near the main terminal, the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting facility and tenant hangars. The project represents the second phase of work that began with pavement improvements last year outside the Gary Jet Center.
The public-private partnership operating the airport is continuing with several millions of dollars of projects designed to attract additional development in and around the property. Last week, crews wrapped up a $2.4 million phase of work involving the crosswind runway. the long-awaited, $174 million main runway expansion. In 2015, a $174 million expansion of the runway wrapped up after years of delay, setbacks and cost overruns. Its completion has helped set other major milestones in motion, including the aforementioned rehab projects and the recent start of development on a long-term master plan.