Repairing road to somewhere

May. 22, 2013 @ 03:14 PM

Passengers arriving and departing from Piedmont Triad International Airport later this year will have a smoother roadway to travel leading into and out of the terminal.

Airport officials will patch and upgrade the one-quarter-mile elevated roadway that leads to the upper part of the main terminal and one of the entrances to the parking deck. The roadway, which dates from the opening of the terminal 30 years ago, needs extensive work on its surface because of wear and tear, said PTIA Executive Director Kevin Baker.  
Patching and upgrading the surface could allow the airport to get another five to 10 years of use out of the roadway, Baker told The High Point Enterprise.
“Basically, the whole concrete portion of the upper level roadway is deteriorating pretty badly. It needs some significant work,” he said.
Work on the project should begin in July and take four to six months to complete in phases, Baker said. The airport’s goal is to not shut down the roadway completely at any time, though there will be periods during which a lane may be blocked.
The work is expected to involve patching potholes and laying a new deck coating, Baker said. 
“It’s a difficult project because it has to be done in phases and you cannot stop traffic. You’ve got to provide access to the building,” he said. “One of the highest priorities of this project is to make sure everything keeps going smoothly.”
At peak times, between 3,000 and 4,000 vehicles daily pass along the roadway, Baker estimates.
The cost of the project hasn’t been determined yet. Airport officials are accepting sealed bids from contractors, with a bid opening on June 4 at the airport administrative office. Baker said the cost of the work will become more clear once bids are opened and analyzed.
The project shouldn’t affect traffic on the lower roadway to the terminal that leads to the baggage claim area, Baker said. | 888-3528