Kansas City, Mo. With renovations about to begin at Kansas City International Airport's terminals, officials have issued a travel advisory: Allow 30 extra minutes to catch a flight.
Traffic jams and confusion are expected as traffic and parking are periodically restricted along the sidewalks outside terminals where passengers are dropped off and picked up.
"These lane closings will be the terminal renovations' first major impact on customers," said KCI spokesman Joe McBride. "That is why we are putting such an emphasis on communication."
The $183.4 million project begins June 11 with the closing of three inside traffic lanes in the first segment of Terminal C. On June 13, the inner lanes at the first segment of Terminal A will close. Renovations at Terminal B are to begin later in the summer.
That means traffic in those areas will be reduced from six to three lanes.
The three outer lanes separated from the inside lanes by medians will remain open but probably will be used for dropping off and picking up passengers.
Airport officials have lowered the speed limit around the terminals from 25 mph to 15 mph and have started a public information campaign, including TV and radio ads.
SkyCap service, which expedites the check-in process, should not be affected, McBride said.
Signs will direct airport users around the construction zones, the volunteer KCI Ambassadors will assist people with directions and information inside the terminal, and free 30-minute parking in the circle lots near the terminals will be available.
The first phase of the project will be completed in the first half of 2002.
The second phase is scheduled to start in the middle sections of the three terminals in February 2002.
The third phase will start in October 2002, and the fourth phase will start in May 2003.
Each phase is expected to take 12 to 13 months.