You can’t go anywhere in the airport these days without crossing paths with a construction worker. With neon orange or yellow vests, steel-toed boots and hard hats, at least 200 construction workers are on site on any given day at Charleston International Airport.
Angela Dillworth knows nearly every one of them – where they work and by their name.
Dillworth is a driver and supervisor for Tri-State Transit, and for the last nine months she has spent her days driving construction workers from off-site parking to the terminal where the $189 million Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Project (TRIP) is under way.
“I’ve actually come to the point now that when someone gets in the van all I have to do is look at their hard hat and I know exactly where they are going,” Dillworth said. “A lot of the companies you can tell by color and a lot of the company names are on their hats.”
Dillworth’s day starts at 6:30 a.m. Everytime her phone rings someone needs a ride. Her roundabout route from the staging point at the construction trailers on Porsche Boulevard to the terminal and the airside construction sites is barely a half mile. Dillworth logs about 94 miles a day, or 2,256 miles a month, shuttling the construction crews.
A former civilian auditor for the Navy, Dillworth was in Charleston from New Orleans to visit family when she met Jackie White, owner of Tri-State Transit, and ended up coming to work for the company.
Tri-State Transit LLC, a Charleston-based firm, specializes in contract services for construction site shuttle service and also provides transportation for individuals, groups, distribution, logistics and non-emergency services.
“We are very excited and grateful to be a part of the TRIP project,” White said. “Being from the Charleston area and being a part of the transportation industry, seeing the renovation process from day to day is very special and will be a memorable experience.”
Dillworth, one of three drivers for Tri-State Transit, enjoys her daily front seat view of the construction work and its progress.
“It’s amazing to see how much has changed from when they first started,” she said. “It’s fun to watch.”
Does Dillworth ever get bored driving in what is essentially a big circle over and over again?
“That’s a question everybody asks me, but no, I don’t,” she said. “I love talking to all the workers. Dealing with the workers keeps me laughing and keeps me going. There’s never a dull moment.”
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