April 23, 2022

AZ Business Magazine

$260M Sky Harbor project will be first to benefit from Infrastructure Law

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is home to the first City of Phoenix project to benefit from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed late last year by Congress, starting with construction of a long-awaited cross-field taxiway connecting the north and south airfields. The taxiway project was approved April 20th by the Phoenix City Council.

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Estimated to cost $260 million, the 2,000-foot taxiway will join the north and south airfields on the west end of the airport, allowing for better aircraft flow for airfield operations. Design has begun on the project and Federal environmental approvals are expected late this summer. Approximately $194 million is anticipated to come from monies set aside by the infrastructure package with the balance being paid from Passenger Facility Charges and airport revenues.

“This airfield project is another step in connecting Phoenix to the world. As one of the first projects for the city identified for delivery under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this new taxiway will reduce aircraft taxi time, improve utilization of all runways, and add capacity for our airline partners,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Infrastructure investments like this make our city even more attractive to the global aviation industry including travelers using Sky Harbor.”

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will also set aside $5 billion over five years in competitive grants for airport terminal projects, along with other competitive grant opportunities for projects that promote sustainability. Some possible projects to support Phoenix Sky Harbor’s increasing passenger traffic could include: A second north concourse at Terminal 3, a pedestrian bridge between Terminals 3 and 4, infrastructure improvements at Terminal 4, upgrades to garage lighting, new solar installations, and replacement of fleet vehicles with electric vehicles.