Tuesday marks the beginning of construction for a project meant to help the environment at Tucson International Airport.
It's the Solar Canopy Project, and it's coming from a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. It has awarded a $5.7 million grant to Tucson Airport Authority to fund the design and construction of a nearly 18-foot-tall solar array over the entire main public parking lot in front of the terminal. The project also includes "green walls" with live plants in order to help create a cooling effect.
Tuesday's groundbreaking is at 11 a.m. and will kick off a difficult period for parkers. Officials encourage allowing extra time for parking before a flight and paying special attention to signs rerouting drivers to alternative parking.
The entire three-phase project is estimated to be complete in two to three years. It's estimated to cost $18 million and will bring jobs for as many as 70 workers.
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