By John Toole
---- — LONDONDERRY — Manchester-Boston Regional Airport plans more than $360,000 in improvements to the terminal loop road and restrooms.
The governor and Executive Council yesterday authorized the state Department of Transportation to provide grant funding for the work.
About 95 percent of the $345,000 grant is federally funded. The balance comes from the state.
The city of Manchester also is contributing funds toward the project.
Transportation Commissioner Christopher Clement, in a memo to the governor and council, said the loop road work includes new signs and modifications to improve traffic flow.
“Improvements to the entrance road and signage will not be completed until spring of 2014,” assistant airport director Thomas J. Malafronte said.
Funding also is provided for design and construction of a family restroom on the first floor of the terminal.
“The project will involve the demolition and modification of the existing first aid room, as well as making the necessary connections for the plumbing, electrical, and finish work,” Clement told the council.
The new restroom is expected to be open by the start of the upcoming holiday travel season.
“The work to the family friendly restroom is scheduled to be completed this fall,” Malafronte said. “We hope to have it open in time for Thanksgiving.”
The governor and council also approved a grant totaling more than $250,000 for the airport to purchase a plow truck for snow removal.