Construction wall removal on the concourse at the Austin airport has made visible the new exit system that has entered the testing stage. A new Fifth & Congress store opened, Gate 4 and the temporary gate bridges are advancing and other campus roadway and free cell phone lot changes are taking place.
Testing of automated exit lane security system begins
Removal of construction walls on the post security side of the Barbara Jordan Terminal revealed one of the two new exit systems at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. When the testing and training period ends, the new exit system will be operational and create a secured one-way corridor for arriving passengers to get to baggage claim, ground transportation and exit the concourse.
The multiple lane system uses a combination of automated technology that includes alarms, motion, and video camera analytic sensors. Now clearly visible by concourse exits, the system is expected to become operational this fall, after testing is completed.
Operating a series of parallel one-way doors that automatically open for approaching passengers, the system detects directional changes and wrong-way security entrances. It also detects when objects and items are left behind such as purses or carry-on bags. If alarms are activated the series of exit doors will not open until cleared by security officials. Once alarmed, the system will not trap a person between doors but modify the direction they can proceed and notify security.
At a cost of $3,309,408, the automated exit system at ABIA will modernize the airport exit security process and is part of the overall Barbara Jordan Terminal Expansion and Improvements project. Automated exit systems are currently used in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Seattle, Portland and Eugene, Oregon and throughout many European airports.
Fifth & Congress now open at Gate 18
The boutique style Fifth & Congress store is now open across from Gate 18. Fashionable luggage, handbags, sunglasses, watches and jewelry are among the high quality items offered as part of its collection of designer totes and accessories.
The store features unique handcrafted jewelry from three local Austin designers, Claire Sommers Buck, Lindsay Designs and WTW Designs by Lesa Gary. Some of the marque brands available include Hartmann luggage, Kate Spade watches, Foley+Corinna handbags, Ray-Ban and Oakley glasses and puffer jackets by Tumi.
The opening of the Fifth & Congress store completes the transformation to replace the former Longhorns Store that sold University of Texas apparel and fan gear. Fans can find UT gear and logo items at the Austin Article and Austin Warehouse stores.
Gate 4 coming back to life
Functional testing is proceeding on one of the four extended gateway bridges that will serve as temporary gates during the nine-gate renovation project. Once all four temporary extended elevated doors and bridges have been completed, work can begin on the east apron. This includes demolition, sub-floor and utilities work around Gates 1-3.
Gate 4, which was dormant during installation of the first temporary gate and walkway, is scheduled to reopen this month and serve as a domestic departure gate. Three more additional temporary gates and walkways, accommodating varying sized jets, will open later this year and will serve both international and domestic flights during the nine-gate terminal expansion. Arriving international passengers will flow to US Customs along existing corridors and circulation paths.
Free Cell Phone Lot to relocate to Lot H
The Free Cell Phone Lot will move to Lot H, later this month, when construction begins on the new ABIA Retail Center and convenience store. Currently located off Spirit of Austin Lane and near the upcoming Hyatt Place Hotel, the new temporary location will be off Rent Car Lane in Lot H, until summer 2017.
The Free Cell Phone Lot eliminates the need to circle around the airport waiting to pick up passengers. Once passengers have arrived, they can call for their waiting ride to drive towards the terminal to pick them up.
Freight Lane now temporary one way for improvements
Road, curb and sidewalk improvements are being made to Freight Lane.
Freight Lane, a road that leads to the cargo terminal and to remote parking lots on the northwest side of the airport property has been temporarily turned into a westbound one way for roadwork improvements. Rental Car Lane, a road that leads to remote parking lots and car facilities has also been temporarily turned into a eastbound one way to help relieve circulation issues on Freight Lane. Cargo Ave is still two-way along with the section of Freight Lane from Spirit of Texas to Cargo Ave. This is to facilitate access to parking customers using overflow lots.
When in-close parking lots are full, the remote cargo overflow parking lot and Lot H are opened. Passengers who use the remote cargo parking during overflow periods can still access it using Spirit of Texas Drive. When overflow parking is activated, parking directional signs are posted. For 24/7 parking updates, directions or parking help call (512) 530-3300.
This blog is regularly updated to inform travelers and the public of the latest construction activities at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Information ranges from customer service improvements to changes in travel processes.