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PDX officials planning for $1.3B expansion project

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland International Airport was just ranked as the best airport in the country by a national travel magazine, but officials with the Port of Portland say they have work to do to stay on top.

The agency is asking for a billion-dollar upgrade, called PDXNext, to keep up with the crowds and security.

The first step in the 5-year renovation would be getting approval from the airlines that frequent PDX since they're the ones that will ultimately pay the bill for the project.

Port officials are working with airline carriers on the plan before they vote on it in the fall. Portions of the $1.3 billion-proposed project are already completed, including replacing the famous carpet, among other things.

Officials have received approval to spend $215 million to expand Concourse E and add six gates to balance use on the north and south sides of the terminal. Port officials note that nearly two-thirds of the airport's passengers use the C Concourse, and an expansion would allow Southwest Airlines to move to the north side of the terminal to balance operations.

A big part of the plan would make it easier for drivers to come and go thanks to a new $246 million garage structure. This third facility would house all rental car operations and provide an additional 2,400 public parking spaces. By moving the rental vehicles to this new structure, an additional 1,200 spots in the current garage would be open for public parking.

Another $67 million would pay for a new facility equipped with multiple car wash bays and more than 70 fuel station for the fleets of rental cars, as well as storage.

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PDX has seen record-setting numbers of travelers in the last six years. Last year, 18 million travelers came through the airport, and officials believe their expansion plans would allow the airport to accommodate the estimated 35 million travelers they expect to see within 20 years.

The upgrades would be expected to be completed by 2025.

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