U.S. Virgin Islands to Expand St. Croix Airport

Photo by the Virgin Islands Port Authority

The Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, is set to expand. Officials presented preliminary design details at a recent event. The changes include: 

  • Addition of a second level
  • Integration of jet bridges
  • Increasing concession/retail space

The development plan also includes facilitating compartmental flow to improve passenger movement and expand baggage handling. Other changes are:

  • Incorporating the surrounding tropical landscape
  • Improving vehicular traffic

The Virgin Islands Port Authority said it would continue to accept suggestions to be included in the final design through September 21. 

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Alterations to the St. Croix airport are part of a larger effort to rebuild the island's infrastructure. The Virgin Islands Port Authority says reconstruction and renovation of the US Virgin Islands’ airports and seaports has been moving forward. According to the transportation agency, there was more than $85 million in damages after destruction by two Category 5 hurricanes in September 2017. Here's what is going on so far: 

Aviation

VIPA’s contractor, Lemartec, Inc. has finished more than 60 percent of the Cyril E. King Airport Terminal roof replacement. The over 200,000-square-foot roof is getting stronger metal and two-ply membrane roof. Repairs are expected to start in September and end by November 2018. Along with these alterations, travelers will start to see aesthetic changes to the terminals interior, including the ceiling, gate areas and restrooms.

The CEKA Terminal’s public-address system is getting updated to facilitate communication between airline employees and passengers. VIPA’s air conditioning contractor is going to repair the terminal’s air handling system on the week of September 2.

Marine

VIPA finished construction of a transitory US Customs and Border Protection (CBM) checkpoint at the Urman Fredericks Marine Terminal in Red Hook. Passenger ferries coming from foreign ports can now clear in Red Hook instead of going to downtown Charlotte Amalie at the Edward Blyden Terminal. Customs services are also available at the Victor Sewer Facility to accommodate private ships, what VIPA says are a vital part of St. John’s economy.

For more information, visit http://www.viport.com/

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