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Newly renovated baggage claim area open at Mitchell Airport

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's largest airport opened a newly renovated baggage claim area Wednesday.

Milwaukee's Mitchell International has just completed the first phase of a $45 million project. It includes new baggage carousels, airline service desks, restrooms, flooring, and improved sky lighting.

Carousels 1 and 2 at Mitchell were renovated. Two others are being shut down this week so they can be replaced. A final carousel will follow suit next year.

Special traffic patterns during the project will continue. The current baggage claims roadway at Mitchell is only open to shuttles and buses.

Airport officials say the work is being staggered to keep passenger traffic flowing as normally as possible. The baggage area is among the last parts of Mitchell to be modernized in recent years.

Some of the equipment has not been replaced since 1955.

Milwaukee County owns the airport, and it's borrowing $60 million to cover the costs of the renovations.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)