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May 14, 2008 | General

Edmonton Airports $51 million southeast terminal extension project is well underway with completion scheduled just over a year away.

Among many of the ongoing projects is the widening of the elevated departures level road at the existing terminal building. Beginning today and extending until mid-December, private passenger vehicle access to the departures level will be restricted to one through lane to allow construction crews to complete improvements. Those improvements include adding one additional lane and extending the departures road to the terminal extension.

While private passenger vehicle access to the departures level will still be possible, family and friends delivering someone to the International Airport are urged to do one of the following:

1. Allow an extra 15 minutes if you plan to use regular access to departures level. Additional Airport staff, identified by traffic safety vests will be on duty to control access to the departures level ramp

2. Park in the parkade and use the covered pedway access to the terminal building

3. Park on the surface lot and use the free shuttle service to and from the terminal building

It is important to note that access to the departures level for the disabled, the elderly and parents with infants and toddlers will still be permitted.
It is also important to note that regular parking rates will remain in effect during the departures level reconstruction period.
Another related construction project includes realignment of the service road to the industrial zone along Airport Road (the main public road from Highway 2 to the terminal building). This project is scheduled for completion in mid-October and could result in brief delays for people driving to and from the International Airport and Highway 2. With this in mind, passengers and anyone picking up and dropping passengers off are advised to allow 15 extra minutes to get the terminal building.

Edmonton Airports apologizes for any delays experienced by our customers. Once complete, the Air Terminal Redevelopment project will provide a state-of-the-art facility that will provide a higher level of customer service.