Charlotte airport partially reopens road for passenger disembarkation
Charlotte drivers, fed up with unusually long queues to get to the airport, are about to see relief, but some traffic problems will remain.
The upper-level causeway has partially reopened after being closed since Sept. 27, Charlotte Douglas International Airport officials said Monday. The closure allowed for the construction of a roadway canopy that is part of a five-year, $608 million terminal expansion project.
During initial construction, people dropping off departing passengers were forced to use the lower level roadway, which is used for arrivals. This prompted the airport to advise customers to arrive two hours early.
The shutdown was due to end at 4 a.m. Wednesday. But shortly before 7 p.m. Monday, the airport announced the partial reopening of the upper-level road.
Two or four lanes of the upper carriageway will remain closed for the duration of the canopy construction, although only for a short distance before the road turns into four lanes open to traffic.
18 months of nightly road closures
The initial phase of the project is now complete, airport officials said. But this upper level road will still be closed at night for the next 18 months as cThe contractors continue their work.
The road will reopen during the day for passenger drop-off and pick-up. Closing times vary by airport, which urged people to continue to arrive early.
When The Charlotte Observer asked how people could tell what time the road would close or reopen on any given day, airport officials said they were unable to predict closing times. “It will depend on the construction. Passengers should follow road signs for directions and information on nighttime closures.
The airport also encouraged passengers to follow him on Facebook and Twitter (@cltairport) for traffic and construction updates as information becomes available.
Other Charlotte Airport Changes
Airport officials also announced these updates on Monday:
▪ Airline curbside counters/check-in will reopen on Wednesday. Until then, people should check in at the airline counters in the lobby.
▪ Special assistance areas have returned to their normal location on the upper level roadway in front of the central gate.
▪ Gate 2, Center Gate and Gate 5 have reopened for upper level entry and exit.
▪ CLT’s cellphone lot on Josh Birmingham Parkway will reopen on Wednesday. It is temporarily located in the Daily North Lot.
▪ Express Deck shuttle pickup and drop-off remains on the Arrivals/Baggage Claim level, in the Zone 2 bus lane on the lower level.
▪ Curbside valet check-in is now done at the first level of the hourly bridge. Signs direct customers to the new location. A temporary check-in counter is located inside the west underground walkway to facilitate check-in and check-out operations.
Charlotte Douglas was one of the world’s busiest airports last year, ranked fifth in arrivals and departures, according to Airports Council International’s preliminary 2021 rankings. The airport recorded 519,895 arrivals and departures last year and served 43 million customers.
This story was originally published October 10, 2022 8:26 p.m.