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To improve passenger experience, T2 projects begin

Posted on September 16, 2020 in Media Releases

Will impact traffic for approximately two weeks

ST. LOUIS (Sept. 16, 2020): For those seeing off a loved one or dropping off a business associate at St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL), take note. Starting Friday, Sept. 18, at 10 p.m., construction on Arrivals Drive will begin, temporarily changing access to Terminal Two (T2) ground transportation. The project will require all essential pick-up operations for T2 to occur on the departure level. This includes: passenger pick-up, ride share, all hotel/motel, rental car and airport parking shuttles. 

WHAT WILL THE PROJECT ACCOMPLISH
STL is making these necessary enhancements around T2 to improve traffic congestion and add curbside parking on the arrivals level. The new garage entrance will add a convenient access to the T2 garage by allowing westbound Lambert International Boulevard (LIB) traffic from I-70 to enter directly from LIB, avoiding the congestion seen often on Arrivals Drive. A refreshed wayfinding sign system will improve the airport experience on both levels for arrivals and departures. In recent years, T2 has seen a significant rise in passenger traffic and the demand for curbside activities increase. 

This work is one portion of a multi-phase project, originally part of a 2017 airport bond proposal. Work designated in this bond needs to be completed within a specific time period. Further improvements funded by this bond will include another T2 garage entrance to eastbound LIB traffic without entering Arrivals Drive.

HOW WILL THE CONSTRUCTION EFFECT AIRPORT TRAFFIC
With construction on the arrival or lower level of T2, STL will be closing both vehicular and pedestrian traffic on that level during the work phase of this project. This means passenger pick-up and drop-off for T2 will be conducted on departures or the upper level. This includes taxies, hotel, rental car, ride share vehicles and hotel shuttles. Entry to the T2 Parking Garage will also be re-routed. Most importantly, passengers and those picking up travelers at STL need to be aware that the exits on the lower level of T2 will be marked as closed. To depart the terminal building, everyone will need to go to departures or the upper level.

Drivers, using roadways around T2, and the public, inside and immediately outside the terminal building, will see a number of new information and directional signs displayed. Signage will be installed to help guide the public through the area. Signs will mark where specific transportation can be found. This will include shuttle buses to hotels, as well as, rental car locations. Orange signs will direct drivers on where specific pick-up locations can be found.

THE PROJECT’S TIMETABLE
The timetable for completion of this phase of construction on the arrivals level of T2 is approximately two weeks. The new garage entrance for LIB westbound traffic is expected to be completed by late autumn/early winter of this year.

The airport’s goal is to improve the passenger experience at T2 — ­­home to Southwest Airlines at STL. The airport also hopes by performing this work during this specific time fewer people will be inconvenienced by the construction and the work can be conducted safely and more efficiently.

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For more information, please contact:
Roger Lotz 314-426-8125
RPLotz@flystl.com