Construction on the new Louis Armstrong International Airport is humming right along. Travel demand has been so high that the city announced they were considering adding another $100 million terminal to the current project scope.
And despite the fact that the airport received no bidders for the proposed $17 million hotel, the new airport has already generated plenty of economic development activity for the city and Jefferson Parish.
The City released an October 2016 Board Update on construction. According to the update, the airport is still on target for an end 2018 opening. Construction updates include pile driving and manufacturing nearing completion, foundation work continues, steel erection has begun, underground discharge piping is complete, elevated piping started to be set, and the pump station slab and walls were completed.
To date, contractors have brought in 1,400,000 cubic yards of sand, driven 4,100 piles, and installed 14 thousand linear feet of wicks. There are over 490 staff on site daily. DBE attainment is over 30% for the project as a whole.
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