Watch: Demolition of KCI Terminal A begins with heavy machines tearing down walls

Crews operating large excavators Thursday began tearing down Terminal A at Kansas City International Airport.

Demolition and cleanup is expected to take five months, airport spokesman Joe McBride said.

Demolition of the terminal’s garage has already been completed. Steel rebar will be recycled and the structure’s concrete will be crushed and reused for the airport project, a $1.5 billion undertaking which will create a single terminal.

Up to 5,000 construction-related jobs may be generated to carry out the project, McBride said.

The new airport, which will measure more than one million square feet in space, is expected to be completed in 2023.

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Katie Moore covers crime and justice issues for The Star. She is a University of Kansas graduate and was previously a reporter in her hometown of Topeka, Kansas.