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Work starts on 2nd phase of Ford airport improvement project

Work starts on 2nd phase of Ford airport improvement project. (File - WWMT)

Work has started on the second phase of the Gateway Transformation Project at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

Officials say improvements are focused on airline ticket counters and baggage service offices, baggage claim, curbside and other areas. Remodeling will include new terrazzo flooring, new LED lighting fixtures and upgraded signage.

Construction and design are expected to cost $18 million and generate more than 40 fulltime jobs. Work is expected to continue through summer 2020.

The project's first phase started in December 2015 and wrapped up in September 2017. It included a consolidated security checkpoint.

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