WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) - Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks broke ground on a ground transportation center Thursday morning.
Gov. Ned Lamont participated in the 10:30 a.m. ceremony.
The $210 million facility will house car rental services, add public parking and incorporate public transit connections.
"It's a huge customer service improvement for folks coming to Bradley. You'll be able to walk right from where we are now to the terminal," said Kevin Dillon, of CT Airport Authority.
Lamont called it the first major expansion of services at the airport in years.
"We haven't spent enough time talking about what airports mean to this the state. It’s a key ingredient to our state's transportation infrastructure," Lamont said.
Also welcoming, Connecticut taxpayers won't be on the hook for this $210 million project.
The car rental companies will take their user fees and pick up the tab for their new facility.
Unfortunately, this is not going to happen as quickly as some would like. Construction will start this spring, but it will take three years to build the new transportation center, that's because a few things like the entrance to this parking garage will have to be relocated.
The facility is slated to open in 2022.