Charlotte Airport Road Closure for Construction of New Canopy

A traffic alert for drivers picking up or dropping off passengers at Charlotte Douglas International Airport:

The airport’s upper level causeway is set to temporarily close for two weeks so crews can begin construction of an architecturally stunning causeway canopy that is part of a $608 million terminal expansion dollars over five years.

The causeway is expected to close at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27 and reopen at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, airport officials said Thursday.

The upper level pavement at Charlotte Douglas International Airport will temporarily close from September 27, 2022 to early October 12, 2022, for the construction of a pavement canopy that is part of the airport terminal concourse expansion . Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Allow more time to drop off and pick up passengers, officials urged.

Drivers should expect to see security fencing and signs directing them to the lower level for arrivals and departures, the airport posted the More staff will assist curbside drivers in the first week, officials said.

The 146,000 square foot canopy project will take two years, officials said.

Crews will remove the blue canopy and replace it with the new design on the departures/ticketing pavement, according to the airport.

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The next phase of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport terminal expansion project, presented in September 2021, will consist of the construction of an architecturally stunning canopy over the upper level roadway. Melissa Melvin Rodriguez Charlotte Observer file photo

During the two weeks:

All traffic will be directed to the lower level of arrivals/baggage claim for drop-offs and pick-ups.

All curbside ticket counters/airline check-in will close and passengers will need to check in at their airline’s ticket counter in the lobby.

Gate 2 and the central gate on the upper level of departures/ticketing will remain open for emergency exits only.

Door 5 at Departures/Ticket Office will remain open as an emergency exit and to access the Departures/Ticket Office smoking area. The smoking area will be moved to the east end of Departures/Ticket Office.

The Daily North car park will become a temporary mobile phone car park to alleviate the expected traffic mess, while the existing mobile phone car park will close.

The Express Deck shuttle will pick you up and drop you off at the arrivals/baggage claim level in the zone 2 bus lane.

Curbside valet check-in has moved to the first level of the hourly bridge.

Special Assistance Zones are located in Zone 2 of the public vehicle lanes and include an attendant, more seating and special assistance signage.

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The start of construction of a canopy over the roadway at Charlotte Douglas International Airport will result in temporary changes for drivers and travelers. Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Expansion of terminals

The terminal expansion project that began in 2019 will add about 175,000 square feet to the terminal concourse and renovate an additional 191,000 square feet, Jack Christine, the airport’s chief operating officer, previously told the Charlotte Observer.

Only the west side terminal expansion will open for now, adding 90,000 square feet, Christine said.

On Thursday, officials said steel work was continuing on the east side of the terminal concourse expansion, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. Renovations to the departure/ticketing and Baggage arrival/claim started in August.

When completed in 2025, the expanded concourse will have modern ticket counters, eight original artworks, charging stations, three large security checkpoints and five pre-security concession areas, according to the airport. .

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989, covering locals, towns and major news events in the area, and served as editor of the newspaper’s press office. He is currently reporting on the latest news.

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