Airport Reaches Major Milestone
Construction of the new 9,000-foot runway is complete. Currently, the FAA is conducting flight checks and is testing lighting, navigational aids and inspecting safety areas. When officially opened, CLT will have a fourth runway which will increase landing capacity by 33 percent. This will reduce delays in arrivals and departures and improve current and future airport operations.
Funding for the project comes from federal grants and proceeds of the 2007 and 2010 General Airport Revenue Bonds, which will be repaid by the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) revenues.
One of two bridges being built off Old Dowd Road is completed. A second one, connecting Old Dowd Road to Wilkinson Blvd., is scheduled to open in spring 2010. Both are designed to allow train access to the proposed Intermodal Facility, which will be located next to the new runway.
Grading is underway on a new Josh Birmingham off-ramp. Construction on the ramp began this past summer and is scheduled to open November 2009. The new ramp will allow passengers easy access to the new Business Valet parking deck, located on Harlee Avenue at the corner of Wilkinson Blvd. An on-ramp from Harlee Avenue to Josh Birmingham Parkway opened in 2008.
The Airport has awarded a grading contract to construct a portion of the West Blvd. relocation from the I-485 interchange at Garrison Road to existing Steele Creek Rd. The contract will also construct a bridge that will allow train access to the proposed Intermodal Facility. The paving of the road is scheduled to begin in summer 2010 and will be completed by winter 2010.
Business Valet Parking Deck
CLT's newest parking deck is open for business. The Business Valet parking deck, located at the corner of Wilkinson Blvd. and Harlee Ave., contains four levels and 3,200 new parking spaces for Business Valet customers. The construction of the new deck increases the total number of CLT parking spaces to 26,700.
The Airport is developing a master tree planting plan for CLT's main corridors to include management and installation of landscaping and re-planting of trees along Wallace Neel and Old Dowd Roads that were removed for construction of the new runway. Other main Airport corridors include Josh Birmingham, Harlee Avenue at Wilkinson Boulevard, West Boulevard at Morris Field Drive and Yorkmont Road.
Airport Vicinity Road Relocation Schedule