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GSP ready to move on parking improvements

Staff Report //January 22, 2020//

GSP ready to move on parking improvements

Staff Report //January 22, 2020//

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The Greenville-Spartanburg Airport Commission has approved plans to provide additional parking for travelers at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. The multi-phase construction project is scheduled to begin in the next few days and will include construction of an additional surface parking lot, a new parking garage and expanded employee parking, according to a news release.

“Nearly 2.6 million passengers travel through the airport each year,” GSP President and CEO Dave Edwards said in the news release. “To accommodate expected growth in the years to come, we will need to bring additional vehicle parking online. We anticipate that these new projects will meet our current need and allow us to continue to grow in the future.”

To accommodate these construction projects, some airport roadway enhancements will be required, including renovation of the airport’s entrance road, Aviation Parkway, the release said. Improvements will include resurfacing of all lanes and the construction of a roundabout traffic circle.

Roadway work is scheduled to begin Jan. 27. Lane closures on Aviation Parkway from Interstate 85 to GSP Drive are expected during construction. At least one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained throughout the project, the release said. Travelers are encouraged to plan additional travel time.

In November 2019, the airport began construction of 1,500 additional surface parking spaces for the new economy parking lot C which will be located adjacent to the existing economy parking lot B. When this project is complete in October 2020, economy parking lots C and B will be accessed from a new roadway connected to Aviation Parkway.

In November 2020, the airport will begin construction of a new $75 million parking garage and consolidated rental car facility. Parking garage C, located adjacent to the terminal building, will offer 750 new public vehicle parking spaces and 750 ready-return rental car spaces, according to the release. The garage’s public parking section will offer time-saving Park Assist technology allowing customers to quickly locate available spaces. The rental car portion will include a larger transaction lobby and reserved spaces for premium rental car customer vehicle pick-ups. Construction on parking garage C is expected to be complete in the fall of 2022, the release said.

The airport also will construct a new employee parking lot to be located on GSP Drive near the National Weather Service facility. Construction on this expanded parking area is expected to be complete this spring. Updates on these projects are available online