Charlotte Airport Battle

$5 million in parking improvements set for Charlotte Douglas

Charlotte City Council is set to approve $5.2 million worth of improvements for Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s parking lots at the council’s Monday night meeting, including new entrance and exit plazas for drivers.

The work is expected to include paving and new concrete and asphalt, relocation of the entry and exit plazas for the long-term and daily parking lots, a new bus path in Long Term Lot II and relocation of the airport’s Cell Phone Lot for waiting drivers.

The parking lot improvements are on the consent agenda, which council members typically vote on and pass in one group.

City Council is set to award a $4.9 million contract to Blythe Development Company for the construction and a $225,000 contract to LS3P Associates to design the entry and exit plazas for the parking lots. The money would come from the airport’s discretionary fund.

The project is the latest in Charlotte Douglas’ ongoing roadway and parking expansions.

The airport opened the inbound lanes of its new entrance road last week, and converted Little Rock Road to inbound-only traffic earlier this year. The next phase of the roadway project, new outbound lanes, is projected to open in the coming months, followed by the opening of the new $120 million hourly parking deck in November.

Next year, Charlotte Douglas will begin work widening the roadway in front of the terminal from three lanes to eight.