$1.3 Billion O’Hare Infrastructure Plan Deal Announced

February 1, 2016

An agreement was announced Sunday between the City of Chicago, United Airlines and American Airlines to build the final new runway under the O’Hare Modernization Project.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the plan is more than just a new runway and de-icing pad. “This is a very simple strategy. For the last 30-40 years Chicago used to measure by being the busiest airport, in competition with Atlanta,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “That is one measure but the measure going forward from now on, is not whether we are the busiest but whether we are the best.” The new runway will be in O'Hare's north airfield and be used for arrivals.

Emanuel said bidding will begin in March, with construction slated for May and a completion date of 2020.

Contractor Open House for Chicago Airport Construction

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) will host the 2016 Contractor Open House on Friday, February 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the UIC Forum, 726 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, for those interested in participating in work at O'Hare and/or Midway International Airports. City of Chicago departments will be on site to answer questions about the City’s certification, licensing and small business programs. 

Topics to be covered include:

  • Upcoming Major Construction Projects, Capital Improvement Program (CIP), Term Contracts and Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
  • Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (M/W/DBE)  Networking and Outreach

For more information and to register for the event, go to www.flychicago.com/contractoropenhouse.

Source: Chicago Department of Aviation

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