Crews demolish Terminal 1 at RDU International

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Crews are working to demolish RDU International’s Terminal 1 as part of the effort to keep up with increasing growth at the airport.

Terminal 1 was originally built in 1955 and served as the main hub at RDU until Terminal 2 was opened. The original Terminal 1 was closed in 2014 and replaced with a renovated one.

Airport representatives said the upkeep on the terminal was too expensive to maintain.

“With any older structure that still exists, we have to maintain life and safety systems, utilities, we just decided to go ahead and bring it down,” said RDU spokesman Andrew Sawyer.

Crews will landscape the empty lot until it is decided what’s best for the space.

The demolition is will cost $11 million and will not interrupt flights or traffic.

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