Groundbreaking for $2.5-Million Airport Renovation Project in Trenton
A big project is underway at the Hancock County Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton. Monday morning there was a groundbreaking at the airport to mark the beginning of the construction project. ” Airport construction is inherently challenging,” said Karl Ward, CEO of Nickerson & O’Day. When renovating an airport, you have to follow rules set by the Transportation Safety Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration. ” We have to make sure that every single thing that we do on an airport campus does not impact passenger safety,” explained Ward. The airport in Trenton is small and needs to be updated for safety and passenger comfort. ” This terminal was built in 1979 and it was designed before homeland security and TSA existed,” explained Brad Madeira, airport manager. The existing terminal will stay where it is and the addition will be built, then connected. It will create a departure lounge and a gate agent counter. ” Trying to provide a better facility for our passengers and at the end of the day, that’s the important focus of the project,” said Madeira. It’s expected to cost $2.5-million and most of the money will come from the FAA Airport Improvement Project Fund. ” Typically out of what’s eligible for a project, the FAA funds 90%, the MDOT will fund 5%, and the owner, in this case, the airport and the county, will fund the remaining 5%,” explained Madeira. The economic impact is valued at $17-20-million. ” Airports are economic engines in terms of getting the people here that want to come and visit Acadia National Park and whatnot,” said Madeira. The construction won’t change the airport’s day-to-day operations and should be done in about a year.