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November 17, 2017

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Mayor Landrieu, Aviation Board, 750 Workers Celebrate
New Airport Construction Milestone

Louis Armstrong Airport North Terminal Project Reaches New High


NEW ORLEANS– Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the New Orleans Aviation Board and local elected officials joined nearly 750 workers as the highest steel beam was placed on the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport’s (MSY) new North Terminal site, marking a major milestone for the $993.7 million project. The "topping out” ceremony is a centuries old tradition marking the installation of the highest part of a structure. The beam was signed by all of the nearly 750 workers on-site as well as local officials and airport employees.

To view the North Terminal's progress, clickhere.

"It was an honor to join the construction crew today as we marked this major construction milestone for the North Terminal project,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "Through this project, we are delivering on our commitment to ensure that the people of New Orleans rebuild New Orleans. A diverse workforce is hard at work building this new terminal, and I am proud to see the progress we are making.”

The beam placed today is the highest of approximately 34,000 pieces of structural steel that make up the terminal building. Before being installed, the beam was adorned with the American flag and an evergreen tree for good luck and prosperity for the future occupants of the building.

Other project milestones already achieved include:

  • Placing an estimated 1.7 million cubic yards of surcharge material
  • Installing nearly 16.1 million linear feet of wick drains
  • Installing all 7,520 pilings needed to support the terminal, concourses, central utility plant, parking garage, and elevated roadway



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