SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Burlington International Airport has received $14.5 million in federal money to expand its terminal building and create one security checkpoint instead of two, officials announced Monday.

Construction is expected to start by July and take a year to 18 months, officials said.

“This major federal award will enable us to build on our recent successes and make transformative improvements to the traveling experience at BTV,” Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said in a statement.

The grant from the Federal Aviation Administration will cover 90% of the cost. The rest will be covered by the airport's passenger facility charges, officials said.

"This federal investment positions the Burlington Airport for long term growth and is a major win for Vermont travelers,” said U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The project will add a second story onto the current terminal, adding more than 20,000 square feet (1,858 square meters) of floor space and five Transportation Security Administration screening lanes on the first floor.

The two existing security checkpoints will be consolidated into one, which will improve efficiency for passengers, officials said.

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This story has been corrected to note that U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is the chair, not the vice chair, of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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