Construction and Travel & Tourism

Ford airport adds parking

August 18, 2016
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Gerald R. Ford International Airport north parking lot
Courtesy Gerald R. Ford International Airport

After a two-and-a-half month closure, Gerald R. Ford International Airport has re-opened its North Lot with expanded parking.

The lot now features 100 additional spaces for airport visitors, along with an improved layout with new signs and paint directing passengers to the terminal, 25,000 square feet of sidewalk to improve pedestrian safety, the addition of emergency call boxes and 60 energy-efficient LED lights for nighttime safety.

The project also added a covered entry canopy over the main lot entrance, off of Gateway Drive.

The entry canopy matches the architecture of the economy lot canopies and will protect passengers from weather elements as they pull tickets to enter the parking lot.

The airport said another noticeable new feature is the ability for visitors to transition directly from the parking garage to the North Lot. Previously, if guests had to exit the parking garage they had to go around the building.

Phil Johnson, Ford airport acting president and CEO, said the goal was to make parking “easier, safer and more efficient” for passengers.

Johnson also said the airport paid special attention to its environmental impact in designing and constructing the extended lot, using the “existing pavement and aggregate base, so no parking surface materials were removed from the site.”

More than 9,200 tons of asphalt were used in the project.

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