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Archive for Tuesday, June 12, 2001

Construction begins at KCI airport

Travelers should expect and plan around delays, officials say

June 12, 2001

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— Construction and renovations started Monday at Kansas City International Airport and officials were warning travelers to expect delays.

Three lanes in front of Terminal C, where passengers are normally dropped off and picked up, were closed Monday as crews began renovating that part of the terminal. On Wednesday, lanes outside Terminal A will be closed as construction starts there. Renovations at Terminal B are to begin later in the summer.

Airport officials have recommended that travelers allow an extra 30 minutes to catch a flight.

Lanes nearest both terminals are expected to be closed for several months, while the outer three lanes will stay open. Travelers can use temporary walkways in the closed lanes to get inside the airport from parking lots.

The airlines affected by this round of lane closings are Continental, which is in the first segment of Terminal C, and US Airways Express, which is in the first segment of Terminal A.

To help ease congestion at the curbs, airport officials have suggested that people make use of free 30-minute parking in the terminal garages and the circle parking lots near the terminals.

Airport police also have lowered the speed limit from 25 mph to 15 mph and signs direct drivers around construction zones. Inside the terminals, volunteers are helping people with directions and information.

Renovations on Terminal B will begin later this summer, when Vanguard Airlines moves from that terminal to Terminal A. Delta Airlines will also be affected by the construction.

The renovations comprise the first phase of the $183.4 million project, which is being funded through general airport revenue bonds and airport user fees. Each of the project's four phases is expected to take 12 to 13 months.

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