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Permanent Shift in Traffic Lanes on OAK's Inbound Roadway Begins October 18

Permanent Shift in Traffic Lanes on OAK’s Inbound Roadway Begins October 18

Press Releases
October 17th, 2006

-- Minimal delays anticipated during transition to new lanes --

Travelers and other Oakland International Airport (OAK) users are advised of late-night lane closures on airport roadways on Tuesday, October 17 and a permanent change to traffic lanes effective early-morning on Wednesday, October 18, weather permitting. The closed sections of roadway will be clearly marked and traffic enforcement will be maintained at all times - minimal delays expected.

Beginning at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17, contractors will begin making preparations to switch traffic to newly constructed lanes on inbound Airport Drive. Only one lane will be open during the construction period. At 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 18, motorists will be routed to two of four new inbound lanes on Airport Drive. Traffic will enter the realigned section of Airport Drive approximately 1000 feet before the Neil Armstrong Drive intersection. The new section of roadway will be clearly designated with roadway markings and signage.

The newly realigned roadway will accommodate traffic approaching the terminals from Bay Farm Island in Alameda on Ron Cowan Parkway and from the FREE Park & Call lot. Traffic may now directly join Airport Drive from John Glenn Drive.

These construction activities support OAK's $300 million Terminal Improvement Program.

Begun in 2004, the Terminal Improvement Program is designed to add even more convenience, security and service to the travel experience. In Terminal 2, the program encompasses a new seven-gate concourse and waiting areas; the newly-opened baggage claim facility; expanded ticketing and security facilities; and a modern, centralized food, beverage and retail shopping area. Additional improvements to the terminal roadway and curbsides will improve access and ease traffic congestion in front of both terminals. Program completion is expected in 2008.

OAK has over 200 flights a day on 12 domestic and international carriers to 39 nonstop destinations, such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, the Hawaiian Islands including Hilo, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Mexico and seasonal service to the Azores (Portugal), Sun Valley, Idaho and Vancouver, British Columbia. The airport is a revenue division of the Port of Oakland, an independent department of the city of Oakland. Visit oaklandairport.com for more information.

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