Crews work to relocate a jet bridge at Pittsburgh International Airport in May (Photo by Beth Hollerich).

PIT Removes Jet Bridges to Clear Way for Construction

As many a popular meme suggests, a journey of 1,000 miles begins with a first step.

In that spirit, the multi-year effort to transform Pittsburgh International Airport – the Terminal Modernization Program – took its first steps this week by seeking bids for the first of many “enabling projects,” which clear the way for construction.

The winning contractors will remove 12 passenger boarding bridges, commonly known as jet bridges, from the odd-numbered gates on Concourse D and the even-numbered gates on Concourse C. The project will help prep for the construction of a new terminal and multi-purpose transportation complex located on the west ramp between Concourses C and D.

All active airline and aircraft operations on those gates were relocated by May, and geotechnical work on the site, including drilling and soil sampling, is underway.

“The release of this bid package is the first of many for the Terminal Modernization Program, and it is a major accomplishment for our team and region,” said Paul Hoback, chief development officer for the Allegheny County Airport Authority.

“We look forward to taking this important step toward transforming Pittsburgh International Airport for future generations.”

Four of the 12 jet bridges will be used at gates on Concourse B. The others will be salvaged or sold to other airports.

Bids for the project are due on July 17 and the Airport Authority hopes to award the contract in August. Work is expected to begin in early October.

Additional enabling projects, expected to be bid and awarded through March 2020, include capping the aircraft hydrant fueling system that runs beneath the construction site, and preparing construction site access for crews and equipment to enter and exit.

The new terminal and complex are expected to open in Spring 2023.

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