Tuesday, October 17, 2000

Airport approves plan for new parking deck

By James Pilcher
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        It might be a little tougher to find a parking space at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport during the coming holiday travel crunch.

        But officials hope things will be better in the long run, after the airport board approved a $13.5 million contract Monday to build a new parking deck to serve the main Delta Air Lines terminal.

        “You always want to build before you reach capacity, and that's what we're doing,” said airport engineer Herb Moses.

        About 400 ground spaces will give way to construction of a new five-level garage, due to be completed in 16 months.

        The last parking expansion at the airport took place in 1996 and gave the airport about 3,000 spaces.

        The new garage — to be located by Terminal 3 — will add 1,500 net spaces, after the previous 400 are taken out.

        The contract with Messer Construction Co. of Cincinnati calls for the garage construction to begin on Nov. 1.

        “We're hoping that by next Thanksgiving we can have even more capacity,” Mr. Moses said.


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