Bradley terminal to be torn down for ‘transportation center’

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH) — A timetable has been set up to take out the old terminal at Bradley Airport.

Terminal B, also known as the Murphy Terminal, has been vacant for nearly four years. It opened in 1952 but couldn’t handle the increased traffic and closed in 2010.

The demolition, scheduled to begin in August, will cost about $20 million. The building will have to be deconstructed over a period of about 12 to 18 months because asbestos and other building materials from the 1950s will have to be carefully removed.

Eventually, the space will be used to make getting in and out of the airport faster.

“That’s going to make way for a future transportation center here at the airport,” said Kevin Dillon of Bradley Airport. “A transportation center that’s going to house all of our rental car facilities that today are scattered in and around the airport.”

That should be up and running sometime in 2016. A new terminal was completed and opened in 1986 and is expected to be adequate for expected growth for at least another decade.

When the new transportation center is completed, it will be connected via a climate-controlled building to the Sheraton Hotel and the new terminal.

Eventually, bus service will be added to the new New Haven to Hartford and Springfield commuter rail line.

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