Big changes are happeining at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. The way travelers enter and exit will be different now.
Motorists coming from the south (driving north from Ulmerton Road/SR 688) on Roosevelt Boulevard (SR 686) will exit to Terminal Boulevard about one-quarter mile sooner than the previous intersection; drivers coming from the north will exit a quarter-mile later. While this signalized intersection of Roosevelt Boulevard and Terminal Boulevard is the new, permanent airport access location, the area will remain an active construction zone as work continues in the Roosevelt Boulevard corridor.
This is a result of the Gateway Express Project by the Florida Department of Transportation.
Below are some of the changes you should keep in mind:
- The Main Traffic Light and Entry/Exit from the Airport is being relocated by the Air Traffic Control Tower.
- Direct access from 46th Street to Airport Parkway will no longer be available. Visitors must use the main entrance to the airport at the new traffic light.
- For access to Key Lime PIE Economy Parking Lot and Airport Employee Parking Lots turn onto 144th Ave.
- The Strawberry PIE Economy Parking Lot will only be accessible on PIE’s internal roadways by taking Airport Parkway to Fairchild Drive.
- PIE’s Ground Transportation Lot closed February 11th for approximately 30-60 days as part of the ongoing Airport Parking and Roadway Project. Airport ground transportation and hotel, super shuttle and off-site rental car shuttle providers will pick-up passengers in front of the terminal. Beginning February 18th, PIE’s Short-term Parking Lot closed for approximately six months. Visitors are encouraged to use the cell phone lot for awaiting passenger pick-up or the long-term parking lot.
Airport officials recommend giving yourself more time during the construction.
“We have our economy lots that are across the street so shuttle times could take a little longer. Once you get into the airport it’s a little more confusing until we get everything done we really want people to give themselves enough time to come out to the airport, relax beforehand and make your travel,” said Michelle Routh, spokeswoman.
The airport construction will wrap up sometime in 2019. The roadwork construction won’t be done until 2021.