At 4 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, four of the eight lanes of traffic in front of Charleston International Airport will close to accommodate the airport’s renovation and new construction. The lanes will remain closed for most of 2014.
Inside the terminal, temporary construction walls will be erected over the next two weeks to close the central atrium and the Euro Café news stand. A corridor leading to Concourse A will close, however signage will direct passengers to alternate access to that concourse.
The lane closure will permit demolition to begin on the front of the terminal. Pedestrians and motorists should use caution and look for black and yellow signs that will direct them to entrances and new walkways.
The Charleston County Aviation Authority in early 2013 embarked on the $189 million Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program (TRIP). Charleston International Airport will be transformed over the next two years into a bright, more open and modern airport.
“We’re excited to begin this stage of the work. We ask for everyone’s patience as we get through the project,” said John Connell, deputy director for engineering and planning. Not immediately affected by the inside construction are the airline ticket counters and Transportation Security Administration screening checkpoints, however passengers may notice checkpoint lines and waits of 20 or more minutes.
Passengers are reminded to arrive at least one hour before departure of domestic flights (90 minutes if connecting to an international flight) to ensure enough time to check baggage and clear TSA security screening. Charleston International Airport is a small facility, but more 15,000 people pass through its doors each day and lines are more common now.
“Our goal is to provide a good passenger experience,” said Paul Campbell, airports director. “During construction we will do our best to guide passengers and keep them informed. We ask that our passengers remember to arrive at the airport with enough time to navigate the construction and make their flight.”
Construction progress is regularly updated on the TRIPwebsite at www.chs-trip.com. A map detailing the closings is available here.