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Airport planning roadway improvements
By A.B. Snedeker

Hartsfield-Jackson is planning a major project that will improve access to the Airport for passengers and enhance safety on Airport roadways for motorists.

The plan to improve the Airport’s inbound roadways calls for the construction of nearly 11 new lane miles and five new bridges as well as the reconfiguration of some existing roadway segments, intersections and bridges.

“These improvements will eliminate a number of problematic lane changes and add decision-making time for motorists who need to go to either the north or south terminals,” said Kathryn Masters, interim assistant director of Project Development.

A request for bids from qualified contractors is scheduled to be advertised January 23. Construction is expected to begin in the summer and to be complete within two years. The work will be done in phases and is not expected to require lane closures.

“This will be a real win-win project for our customers,” said Aviation General Manager Louis Miller. “They will have better access to the Airport, and there will be minimal impact on traffic during construction.”

Elements of the project will include:

• Concrete roadway pavement
• Mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls
• Signage
• Lighting and landscaping
• Utility relocation
• Traffic control
• Erosion control

Planners estimate that the project will cost more than $50 million. Passenger facility charges (PFCs) will provide 100 percent of funding.

© 2012 Hartsfield-Jackson News. A Publication from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. All rights reserved.

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