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Passenger pickup and drop-off routine to change at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield during multimillion-dollar construction project

By: - October 26, 2023 11:25 am

Rendering of Eppley Airfield after a multimillion-dollar terminal and canopy project that is to be completed in spring 2025. (Courtesy of Omaha Airport Authority)

OMAHA — Starting Friday about 10 a.m., passenger pickup and drop-off routines at Omaha’s airport will change temporarily to accommodate the $65 million terminal drive and canopy construction project that’s underway.

Pickup and drop-off lanes at Eppley Airfield will relocate to Level 1 of the South Garage. Until spring 2025, motorists will be seeing the signage directing them to the new route and correct lane. 

(Courtesy of Omaha Airport Authority)

Vehicles entering those South Garage lanes won’t be charged parking fees. All other parking is to continue to be available with no changes to entry or exit lanes, according to a media advisory from the Omaha Airport Authority.

Airport passengers are to use crosswalks and elevated walkways to move between the South Garage and the terminal.

Drop-offs for shuttles, taxis, buses and vehicles taller than 6-feet-10-inches are to be periodically relocated to various lanes in front of the terminal. 

When the new roadway at the curbside of the terminal is complete and open, airport visitors will have access to an additional passenger drop-off lane, expanded and improved ADA accessibility, and a glass canopy that provides cover from weather conditions.

To further support long-term growth, Eppley in early 2024 is slated to begin construction of a $92.5 million central utility plant. Airport officials said the 21,155-square-foot facility, to be completed in early 2025, will replace aging infrastructure and reduce overall energy consumption.

According to the Airport Authority, a non-taxing body that collects user fees to support airport operations, the terminal drive and canopy project is being funded with airport revenues and about $31 million in federal grants.

The central utility plant project received a $5 million grant through the Federal Aviation Administration, and it’s also funded by airport revenues. 

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Cindy Gonzalez
Cindy Gonzalez

Senior Reporter Cindy Gonzalez, an Omaha native, has more than 35 years of experience, largely at the Omaha World-Herald. Her coverage areas have included business and real estate development; regional reporting; immigration, demographics and diverse communities; and City Hall and local politics.

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