Long Beach Airport Modernization Plan Parking Update

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lgb airport constructionProgress continues to be made on the Long Beach Airport’s (LGB) new parking garage, slated to open November 11, 2011.  The most recent phase of construction brought the following changes:

  • The new roadway system in the terminal area has opened, providing a new return loop and southbound Lakewood Boulevard exit;
  • Lot B closed on July 30, 2010.  Lot C closed on March 1, 2010;
  • The location of the new parking structure is fully enclosed and vertical columns for the structure are visible.

Onsite Lot A and remote Lot D (conveniently located one block north of the Airport at Conant Street) remain open for passenger use.  For passenger convenience, Lot A is within walking distance of the terminal.  Shuttles to and from remote Lot D are free and operate every 15 minutes.  For customer convenience, a free Cell Phone Waiting Lot is located at the northeast corner of Lakewood Boulevard and Wardlow Road, across from the main entrance to the Long Beach Airport.

Donald Douglas Drive will continue to be subject to intermittent lane closures for the duration of construction.

Given the current economic climate, Long Beach has welcomed the 18-month, $48.4 million dollar project supporting 450 jobs.  This phase of the Airport Modernization Plan will create 1,989 structured parking spaces and 247 surface parking spaces.  The five-story garage will be 735,000 square feet, with a total project site of 10.2 acres.

As a Green Airport, LGB looks forward to the elimination of its remote parking at Lot D, minimizing carbon emissions generated by passenger shuttles.  Additionally, the parking structure design will accommodate future solar panel installation.

The Long Beach Airport Modernization Plan updates can be found on the Airport’s website or keep an eye on the construction with daily time-lapse photos. Additional information on the Airport’s goals and improvements can be found via Airport Director Mario Rodriguez interview on Swoop’s World Radio.

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