Spirit of Austin Lane ready for traffic, provides new way to cell lot
Paving the way for better traffic flow and future retail development, Spirit of Austin Lane is now complete. Opened November 13, Spirit of Austin Lane connects two of the most traveled airport roads, Presidential Boulevard and Spirit of Texas Drive. Previously, drivers couldn’t access the cell lot from the airport’s main entrance, Presidential, and had to use Spirit of Texas instead. This new road, the first since the airport opened in 1999, provides drivers with quick and easy access to and from the airport’s cell phone lot and a new expansion to the lot, which also opened Nov. 13.
Lined with native landscaping, Spirit of Austin features a live oak Heritage Tree at the center of a roundabout. The road’s two lanes are each eight feet wide and are designed as a very low-speed conductor, as the roadway features walking paths and will eventually connect to pedestrian-friendly retail services. The median serves as a rain water retention/conveyance feature known as a rain garden. A stone monument sign marks the road’s entry. Overhead directional signage will be installed on Presidential in the coming weeks.
Renovated restrooms are now open near Gates 20 and 21. New, easier to clean terrazzo replaces the former tile flooring. Native wood highlights can be seen throughout. Making the restrooms more sustainable, LED lighting now brightens the area, air hand driers have been installed, and new exhaust fans provide better ventilation. Completely new plumbing and hardware were installed including toilets, continuous granite sinks, and touchless faucets.
Parking Lot J is one step closer to opening. Workers finished paving driveways, entry ways, exits, and the rest of the parking lot last week. Sidewalks, toll gates, and landscaping still need to be completed. Located just east of Presidential Boulevard off of Hotel Drive, Lot J will add approximately 1,500 economy priced spaces and will be used when existing long term lots fill. It is now expected to be open by Christmas.
Passenger boarding bridge refurbishment has finished on Gate 20. The work includes installing new carpet, sprucing up the exteriors with new paint and signs, and replacing mechanical parts. All 24 boarding bridges will undergo refurbishment by winter 2014. All gates except 19, 22, and 24 have been completed. Work on those will start in December.
Due to increased passenger traffic during F1 and Thanksgiving, a number of construction projects airport-wide will be curtailed until December.