Stay current on how construction activities will affect your travels
ATTENTION PATRONS: On Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 7:00 PM, the traffic signal at the intersection of 44th Street and Patterson Avenue will be de-activated and temporary stop signs will be placed to institute a 4-way stop. This scenario is required as the Kent County Road Commission does a signal controller switchover. They anticipate the work being completed by the following morning at 6:00 AM Thursday, August 15, with the normal 3-phase signal back up in service. They will be advising motorists with changeable message boards beginning Monday morning, August 12.
Beginning June 10, the Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) began working on a project to widen and provide dual left-turn lanes on eastbound 44th Street to northbound Patterson Avenue. The work includes asphalt and concrete pavement removal, concrete curb and gutter, concrete pavement, pavement markings, restoration and traffic signal modifications.
The work is being phased to maintain one lane in each direction and left turns at the intersection, and it is estimated to be complete at the end of August.
Passengers and guests visiting the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) should prepare for extra travel time getting to the airport during this project. Summer is a busy time of year for us and with added construction on the roads and in the terminal building, we encourage passengers to arrive at least two hours before their flight.
Construction on the second phase of the Gateway Transformation Project has begun and will continue through Spring 2020. These improvements are focused on the airline ticket counters and baggage service offices, baggage claim, curbside, and ‘front of house’ areas. The main features will include relocating TSA screening equipment from the airline queuing areas, upgrading and updating the spacing of the baggage claim carousels, and adding food and beverage, and restrooms to the space near baggage claim. The project will also include new terrazzo flooring, new LED lighting fixtures, upgraded signage, and more.
This $30.2 million construction project will be completed in seven (7) phases over the course of two construction seasons (2018 & 2019). Major features will include: removal of the existing failing concrete pavement and replacement with 153,000 square yards of new concrete for future airport development and aircraft loadings; upgrades to the airports deicing material recovery system; upgraded stormwater drainage system and underground utilities to accommodate for future airport development; and reducing energy usage by installation of all new LED apron lighting.
The area outlined in red below shows the areas that will be a part of this project.
Phase 1 of our Gateway Transformation project is complete. This new redesign includes a consolidated passenger security checkpoint, new post-security marketplace, pre- and post-security nursing rooms, a refreshed pre-security business center and new post-security business center, new lounge areas on both concourses, and the new Prospect Hill restaurant and Starbucks located in the post-security marketplace. Located in the Grand Hall is the new President Gerald R. Ford Tribute Room. The exhibit space includes photos, an aircraft carrier model, displays, and rotating historical pieces.
Click here to see more photos of the new spaces and amenities, and also to enjoy some photos from our ribbon cutting celebration on 9/27/17.