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Expansion Project at Hobby Airport
Progressing Smoothy

May 7, 2014

Permanent road closures are marked above in red.

  Rendering of a new multi-level parking garage scheduled to open late 2015.
Houston Airport System (HAS) officials recently announced the start of a major roadway modification project at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) in support of a new international terminal and multi-level parking garage scheduled to open in late 2015.

The major roadway modification project will support increased passenger traffic when international air service arrives at Hobby Airport in late 2015. The project includes a new entry road to accommodate the new garage, an elevated roadway and an extension of the drop off curb. Work also began on a new parking garage in early April that will bring an additional 3,000 spaces to the airport’s parking inventory.

The new international terminal is now just a few months short of its first year in construction, and work is moving swiftly. The site has been cleared and the underground utilities have been rerouted. Over the next six months customers will be able to see incredible changes as construction progresses and the facility takes shape.

“Hobby Airport is growing at rapid rate, last year we reached an all-time high of 11.1 million passengers, so it is imperative that we improve our infrastructure to offer our customers a first-class travel experience ,” Perry Miller, William P. Hobby Airport General Manager. “As we enter this next stage of construction, there will be some impact to our customers on the airport’s entry roadways, and we ask customers to pardon our progress during construction and plan ahead for possible delays on the roads.”

As a result of construction, a series of alternating lane closures are required on the entry roads leading to the passenger terminal. Airport officials suggest customers check with their airlines in advance on appropriate arrival times, but general guidelines suggest arriving to the airport one hour and 30 minutes prior to the flight’s departure. Airport officials are also encouraging customers to use the free cell phone waiting lot when picking up arriving passengers to reduce idling and bottlenecking on the entry roads. For passengers parking at the airport, the ecopark 2 economy parking lot, located off Airport Boulevard, provides another option to avoid the roads under construction.

The airport is adding new wayfinding signs on the roadway during this construction phase to help guide motorists to their destinations. Drivers should pay close attention to the signs and obey posted speed limits when approaching the airport.
The airport anticipates handling an additional one million passengers as a result of international air service at Hobby Airport, and these steps must be taken to improve the airport’s infrastructure to accommodate the increase in passenger traffic.

For more information on the lane closures, please call Hobby Airport at (713) 641-4000.
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