Parking Renovations at Raleigh-Durham International Airport May Affect Fliers

The airport is planning to do maintenance and repair work on its ParkRDU Central garage

Parking Renovations at Raleigh-Durham International Airport May Affect Fliers
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April 20, 2017

Consumers planning to fly out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) this spring will need to add additional time to their plans in order to find a place to park.

The airport will be doing maintenance and repair work on the infrastructure of most of its central parking structure, the seven-level and 11,000-space "ParkRDU" Central garage. The Premier zone on ground level will not be included in this work.

WRAL reports that the work is scheduled to start on Monday, April 24, and to continue through the end of 2017.

The RDU Airport Authority approved a $4.5 million contract last week with Tendon Systems to carry out the work, including repairing and sealing beams, improving drainage, and pressure washing and striping.

"Things that are not exciting but they have to get done to maintain the life of the structure," described RDU spokesman Andrew Sawyer.

According to Ron Jewett, vice president of facilities asset management, the cost of the contract is roughly $1.8 million less than the original bid submitted by Tendon Systems due to negotiations ordered by the airport authority.

Saywer said that the company will close off between 1,000 and 1,500 parking spaces at a time in order to do the work. Because the garage tends to become full several times per week, such closures may affect RDU passengers.

However, said Sawyer, RDU has plans for lessening this impact on consumers as much as possible, including increasing staff to make sure that every available parking space is occupied and to help move customers from the economy lots to the terminals more efficiently. The economy lots located off National Guard Drive and International Drive contain more than 9,000 spaces and provide 24-hour shuttle service.

Sawyer said that the 1,100 spaces in the Premier section of the garage will not be affected because work was done there last year when the deck was overhauled to form the new zone.

Customers are encouraged to check the status of parking lots online before leaving for the airport in order to avoid delays and other problems.