People traveling to and from Raleigh-Durham International Airport may have to navigate around some road work starting next spring as the airport’s most traveled road – John Brantley Boulevard – is repaved.
The work is one of several big projects on the horizon for RDU as it begins implementing its Vision 2040 master plan, which also includes replacing the airport’s longest runway and renovating the parking garage over the next 25 years. Repaving will begin on John Brantley Boulevard’s horseshoe shape section, which runs between Terminals 1 and 2.
“That would give that section of road life for the next five to seven years,” RDU spokesman Andrew Sawyer said.
The temporary fix will maintain the road until it needs to be reconfigured to make way for a consolidated rental car complex planned for the north end of the main parking garage. It will be five or six years before construction will begin on the facility, and it has yet to be designed so airport officials don’t know what changes to John Brantley Boulevard will be needed to make room.
This first phase of the road work was expected to begin sooner than next spring. But last week, the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority Board decided to delay the work because it received only one bid for the project and it was over budget, Sawyer said.
The board decided to rebid the project early next year along with a second phase of work to John Brantley Boulevard between the two terminals and Aviation Parkway. This work will be more intensive because these sections of the boulevard will not need to be reconfigured in the foreseeable future.
Some of the construction will be done during the day, particularly in multi-lane sections of the boulevard; other work near the terminals will only be done at night.
“Our goal is the most minimal disruption to our customers as possible,” Sawyer said.
Rehabilitation work on the less-traveled International Drive through the northern section of the airport near the cargo and general aviation terminals will also begin within the next year and a half.
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-829-4845: @KTrogdon