You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myAJC.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myAJC.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myAJC.com.

Airport sets course on massive parking project


Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is inviting contractors to begin work on a massive project to more than double the size of its parking decks, an effort expected to take at least eight years and cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

Total parking garage spaces would jump to 32,000 from 13,000 now, according to bid documents. Pedestrian bridges also will be added to enable people to avoid crossing the busy roadway in front of the domestic terminal entrances.

More than 100 people interested in a contract to design the project attended a meeting Tuesday at Hartsfield-Jackson. A separate contract is planned for demolition — expected to begin in 2017 — and construction.

The expansion of the domestic terminal garages is part of Hartsfield-Jackson’s master plan, unveiled last year. The airport estimated the cost to be $550 million to $750 million in 2014 dollars.

Hartsfield-Jackson spokesman Reese McCranie said the existing decks are decades old and not structured to support the weight of four additional levels.

A key reason the project is expected to take so long is that the airport must keep parking available while it demolishes each deck and rebuilds at the same site.

“That’s a huge challenge,” said David Pino, Hartsfield-Jackson’s development program director of project management.

To provide parking during the work, the airport plans to build a third parking deck next to the Georgia International Convention Center to accommodate about 6,000 cars. People using that deck will have to take the existing SkyTrain people-mover to get from that parking structure to the terminal.

“People won’t be impacted until the fall of 2017,” McCranie said. “We will have a replacement deck in place once we start construction and replacement of the parking structures.”

The new decks will rise to eight levels, up from four now, with 15,000 spaces on the Terminal North side and 17,000 parking spaces on the Terminal South side after completion. Pedestrian bridges will be built from level four, according to plans.

The airport now has a total of 29,000 public spaces, including long-term lots and other non-garage spaces.

Parking is a top source of revenue for the airport, which faces competition from numerous off-site lots.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

Think Atlanta’s recovery means new jobs? Not so much if you’re in the middle class  
Think Atlanta’s recovery means new jobs? Not so much if you’re in the middle class  

From top to bottom, the metro Atlanta economy has been growing solidly and much of the action is at the poles: high skills and low. The region has added 95,400 jobs in the past year, and the unemployment rate has dropped to 4.9 percent – the level of joblessness of the last month in 2007 before the recession. Demand is good for lower-wage workers...
Kempner: Why Fox’s O’Reilly pain probably isn’t CNN’s gain
Kempner: Why Fox’s O’Reilly pain probably isn’t CNN’s gain

Another heap of bad drama for Fox News is good for a former CNN talker, but maybe not so much for CNN. Fox News dumped Bill O’Reilly after publicity about another wave of sexual harassment complaints, legal settlements and hush money. I suspect it wasn’t an easy decision for a network that has struggled through self-inflicted controversy...
Atlanta home prices up 10.6 percent in year; is low supply creating a bubble?
Atlanta home prices up 10.6 percent in year; is low supply creating a bubble?

Home sellers can rejoice: Atlanta’s spring buying season started in March with a 10 percent jump from last year in the price of homes sold.  The median price of a home sold last month was $220,000 – a 10.6 percent increase from the same month a year ago with the number of sales increasingly modestly, according to a report issued Friday...
Trump water quality shift could affect Ga. plant
Trump water quality shift could affect Ga. plant

The Trump administration has moved to delay Obama-era wastewater rules for coal-fired power plants, possibly scuttling environmental groups’ efforts to get tougher water quality standards for a Georgia Power plant near Rome. Last week, Scott Pruitt, the new head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, said it was “in the public...
Trump’s EPA could derail tougher pollution rule at Georgia Power plant
Trump’s EPA could derail tougher pollution rule at Georgia Power plant

The Trump administration has decided to delay Obama-era wastewater rules for coal-fired power plants, possibly scuttling environmental groups’ efforts to get tougher water quality standards for a Georgia Power plant near Rome. Last week, Scott Pruitt, head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, said it was “in the public interest...
More Stories