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The Maryland Board of Public Works last week approved a $54.9 million contract to modernize and expand public restrooms in Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

The contract calls for the improvement of six sets of airport restrooms on BWI Concourses B, C and D. The contract approved by the Board today is the first phase of a planned program to expand and improve restroom facilities across the airport terminal. Some restrooms, particularly on Concourses A and B, were designed to accommodate 30 percent fewer passengers than the current demand, resulting in shortcomings in capacity, the airport said in a press release.

“Clean, convenient restrooms are among our top priorities in offering an excellent passenger experience,” said Ricky Smith, BWI executive director. “This is a major initiative that will enhance our facilities to improve customer service and accommodate more travelers.”

The enhanced restrooms will be bright, spacious and comfortable, with full height stalls, space for stowing roller bags, solid surface materials that are easy to clean and sanitize and improved ventilation. The width of the airport concourses will be expanded to accommodate the larger restrooms.