RDU begins ‘critical improvements’ to major parking garage

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Millions of people walk through Raleigh-Durham International Airport’s terminals each year – and there’s one thing most of them have to do – park.

That process is about to get a whole lot easier thanks to renovations that are going to happen in the parking garage between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

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There are four short-term and long-term parking garages for travelers. Today, RDU is announcing major work being done to one of the them that holds 11,000 parking spots.

On Friday morning, RDU officials allowed CBS North Carolina to get a preview of what staff called “critical improvements” to the airport’s parking situation.

Officials emphasize that the parking construction is not due to safety concerns. The preservation project starts Monday when crews will work on steel and concrete repair, expansion joint and pipe replacement, as well as cleaning and painting.

The work will require staff to close as many as 1,500 parking spaces in the 11,000-spot garage.

This specific project is part of a five-year, $20 million parking project.

All the work is aimed at enhancing and extending the life of the garages, which range from 13 to 30 years old.

In order to help with the parking headache, RDU will add staff, electric vehicles, shuttles and website updates.

“We have more and more people flying out, that’s why we’re going to start providing [electric] vehicles like this, so wherever anybody is at — if there on the seventh floor, we’re running vehicles up there trying to get them as quickly as possible back to these elevator or the terminal itself so it can reduce the time people are in the deck,” said Michael Landguth, president and CEO of the Airport Authority.

While this should be welcomed news for the 11 million passengers that the airport welcomes each year, construction on this particular project will impact travelers throughout the rest of 2017.

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