FAA release draft environmental assessment on Bridgeport airport work

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — The Federal Aviation Administration released Tuesday the draft environmental assessment for a new passenger terminal and aerotech business park at North Central West Virginia Regional Airport.

The release of the report, which is now available for public review and comment, makes the projects one step closer to reality. The current terminal was built in the 1960s and needs an update as demand increases.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va, issued a celebratory statement, noting the approval process has seen multiple delays.

“As the project progresses, I will continue to work with the North Central Regional Airport and FAA officials to ensure a smooth process,” he said. “I look forward to seeing the completed Passenger Terminal and Aerotech Business Park as well as the good-paying jobs and economic growth the terminal and business park will create for North Central West Virginia.”

The project includes a new terminal with access to Interstate 279, a new parking facility and a 100-acre aerotech park with direct access to the 7,800-foot runway. Development of the aerotech park will result in more than 1,000 jobs.

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