CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Douglas International Airport has announced it will open, to the public, five lower level lanes of the Elevated Roadway and Terminal Curb Front at 11 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24.
Drivers traveling to the lower level should follow the signs to arrivals.
The airport is designating two of the five lanes for drop off and pick up. The three other lanes near the Hourly Deck are for thru traffic.
Travelers using a ride-app service, such as Uber or Lyft, can be picked up on the upper level starting Friday, October 25th, and will relocate to lower level Zone 4 of the public lanes at 5 a.m, on October 31st.
Private vehicles, shuttles, and buses will share the five public lanes October 24th through October 31st. At 5 a.m. on October 31st a separation will occur, when commercial vehicles will shift to the three new lower level lanes.
The public lower level roadway currently in use will close in preparation for the Terminal Lobby Expansion project.
Noticeable signage with large numbers will be placed along the roadway beginning October 31st to help returning passengers find their exact pick-up location.
The $50 million project is part of Destination CLT, a $2.5 to $3.1 billion capital investment program that includes concourse renovations and expansion of the airport’s roadways, curb front, airfield and terminal.
The Charlotte Douglas International Airport is the sixth busiest airport nationwide and seventh busiest worldwide. The roadway renovations are expected to meet demand through 2035. The airport has increased from 23 million passengers in 1998 to more than 46 million passengers in 2018.