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Permanent Shift on OAK's Outbound and Return-to-Terminal Traffic Lanes Begins April 18

Permanent Shift on OAK’s Outbound and Return-to-Terminal Traffic Lanes Begins April 18

Press Releases
April 17th, 2007

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

Travelers and other Oakland International Airport (OAK) users are advised of lane closures on airport roadways and a permanent change to traffic lanes early-morning on Wednesday, April 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 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, contractors will begin making preparations to switch traffic to newly constructed lanes on outbound Airport Drive and on the Return-to-Terminal traffic lanes. At approximately 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, motorists will be routed to two of four new outbound lanes on Airport Drive. Traffic will transition to the realigned section of roadway east of the Terminal 2 new baggage claim. With this change, the Return-to-Terminal lanes will change to a different location.

Also, beginning at approximately 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, the passenger pick-up area at the Terminal 2 baggage claim will be relocated east of the bag claim doors. Upon opening of this new section of the first curbside, approximately 200 feet of the first curbside located west of the Terminal 2 baggage claim will be closed until summer 2007 to allow for construction of new canopies.

The new and closed sections of roadway and curbside will be clearly designated with roadway markings and signage.

The Roadway and Curbside Project is part of OAK's $300 million Terminal Improvement Program, begun in 2004, which is designed to add convenience, security and customer service to the travel experience by using "green building" technology. In Terminal 2, the program includes the recently opened seven-gate concourse, food court and shopping area, baggage claim, passenger screening area and in-line explosives detection baggage screening system. By summer 2007, expanded ticketing will open. Once completed in 2008, the program will comfortably accommodate the needs of OAK's over 14 million annual passengers.

OAK has over 200 flights a day on 12 domestic and international carriers to 40 nonstop destinations, including Atlanta, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, the Hawaiian Islands, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Mexico and seasonal service to the Azores (Portugal), Sun Valley, Idaho and Vancouver. Visit oaklandairport.com for more information.

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