Business & Economy
5:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Bridging To New Jobs At PTI Airport

NC Department of Transportation officials are taking bids for a new road and bridge project in Guilford County that leaders hope will bring expansion and jobs to the airport.
A plane lands at Piedmont Triad International Airport.
Credit redlegs21 via Flickr, Creative Commons

Beginning Monday, officials with the State Department of Transportation will accept bids for a highway project in Guilford County. This project is two parts road and one part bridge at and around PTI Airport. The plan is to build a bridge connecting two parcels of land, one which has hundreds of undeveloped acres, the other of which has runways. Officials believe a bridge could not only connect the two but also attract an aerospace company for expansion in the region.

“They (PTI Airport Authority) own about 1,200 acres. It will be able to connect both of these, parcels that the airport owns, so we’re talking about a huge, a huge opportunity to bring in more jobs around this area,” said Mike Mills, Engineer with the D.O.T.

Mills estimates the entire project is going to cost somewhere between $250 and $300 million. He says the bridge could be finished by as early as mid-2015.