The $164 million expansion of the Barbara Jordan Terminal at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has begun, with state and local officials officially breaking ground on the project Wednesday.

The West Gate Expansion project will add three gates and 84,500 gross square feet on the western side of the terminal. It will include new restaurants and retail spaces,, a children's play area, restrooms, nursing rooms, a meditation room, public art, and a new third-level mezzanine with a balcony.

"The improvements will be funded through traditional airport development funding sources, such as airport cash reserves, current and future airport revenues and future revenue bond proceeds," according to an ABIA press release. "AUS is currently evaluating opportunities for federal grant funding to support the project."
Construction on the project is slated to begin this summer and be completed by 2026. In the meantime, travelers can expect construction walls during demolition work between gates 33 and 34, but a longer-term wall will be built by spring 2024. Current gates on the west side will remain operational throughout construction, ABIA officials said.

Colorado company Hensel Phelps is general contractor on the expansion.