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City pushes to finish Hopkins Airport projects before RNC

City officials toured Hopkins International Airport on Wednesday to look at the progress of various construction projects. (Source: WOIO) City officials toured Hopkins International Airport on Wednesday to look at the progress of various construction projects. (Source: WOIO)
City Councilman Zack Reed says the city is pushing to finish these projects before the RNC in 2016. (Source: WOIO) City Councilman Zack Reed says the city is pushing to finish these projects before the RNC in 2016. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

With the Republican National Convention coming next year, a lot of projects are trying to wrap up around Cleveland, including at the airport. 

On Wednesday, members of the Transportation Committee toured Hopkins International Airport to look at the progress of various construction projects taking place. Projects include changes with the terminal facade, ticketing lobby, parking lot covering, and building upgrades.

The multi-million dollar renovations began in May and are expected to wrap up next spring. Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed says the city is pushing to finish these projects before the RNC comes in July.

"Millions of people are going to come through this airport and this is the first thing they see in Cleveland before they head downtown. Before they head to their hotel, they come through this airport. We're taking the old and bringing in the new," Reed explained. 

Reed says while the GOP may be the motivation, he's just glad it's happening.

"If the GOP/RNC wasn't coming to Cleveland next year, this would be on the slow track. I'm glad to see them coming because it's on the fast track, because it's needed. You heard the individual say we haven't done this in decades. We're getting it done now. We're going through the growing pains, but in the long run, this will be good for the city of Cleveland." 

Airport officials are suggesting travelers to arrive between 90-120 minutes early, since tens of thousands more will be coming through Hopkins during the convention. 

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