More con­struc­tion on the way

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - From Page One -

In ad­di­tion to the new Con­course A North gates, here’s a look at what trav­el­ers at Char­lotte Dou­glas will see in the com­ing years, and the cost.

●New ter­mi­nal road­way ($50 mil­lion): The road in front of the ter­mi­nal is be­ing ex­panded from three lanes each for ar­rivals and de­par­tures to eight. The new road­way, which will sep­a­rate com­mer­cial and pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle traf­fic, will open in early 2019.

Ter­mi­nal lobby ex­pan­sion ● and ren­o­va­tion ($247 mil­lion): Once the new road­way is open, the old lanes can be torn down, al­low­ing the ter­mi­nal to be ex­panded and cre­ate more space for the in­creas­ing num­ber of pas­sen­gers. De­sign work is com­plete, and con­struc­tion is ex­pected to take about 3 1/2 years.

Fourth par­al­lel run­way

($422 mil­lion): A 12,000-foot run­way, the air­port’s long­est, will run par­al­lel to Char­lotte’s three north-south run­ways, pro­vid­ing more ca­pac­ity for planes, in­clud­ing long-haul flights. The run­way could open in 2022, pend­ing FAA ap­proval.

●New con­trol tower ($112 mil­lion): The 367-foot tower ris­ing over Char­lotte Dou­glas is more than twice as tall as the cur­rent tower and will pro­vide space for more air traf­fic controller­s. It’s sched­uled to open in May 2020.

Ad­di­tional gates ($1.2

● bil­lion): Af­ter Con­course A North opens, plans call for adding up to 38 gates at­tached to Con­courses A, B and C. Con­struc­tion could run through 2026, in mul­ti­ple phases.

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