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Airport to Open Temporary Entrance to T1 Garage on July 28 Due to Bridge Project

The next phase of a bridge renovation project on Lambert International Boulevard (LIB) at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will require a detour for all motorists accessing the Terminal 1 Parking Garage starting July 28. High clearance vehicles accessing Terminal 1 will also experience restrictions into the Terminal 1 roadways because of the project.

Beginning July 28, work will begin on the bridge impacting all LIB lanes over Air Flight Drive, which will also block the entrance into the Terminal 1 Garage. All traffic will be routed around the work zone on the westbound LIB lanes.  Entrance to the Terminal 1 Parking Garage will be temporarily relocated to the exit plaza of the garage via a temporary entry lane on Departing Flights Drive off of LIB.    Parking availability and payment operations will not be affected.  Approximately 1,500 vehicles access the Terminal 1 Garage daily. Click here to see the full map of the Terminal 1 Garage Detour.

Construction scaffolding suspended beneath the bridge will also reduce the clearance height on Air Flight Drive, which is a major entry point into Terminal 1 from exit 236 off of I-70.  All westbound 1-70 motorists are encouraged to avoid the Air Flight Drive construction zone by using Exit 238 to LIB to access both terminals.    Vehicles 10’ 6” or taller will be unable to access the Terminal 1 Arrivals or Departures areas if traveling eastbound on LIB or northbound on Air Flight Drive.  Motorists should access Terminal 1 from westbound LIB.  High clearance vehicles traveling Eastbound I-70 can take Exit 237, then turn left on Brown Rd. to connect to the a Air Cargo Road. Drivers can then head back west and onto westbound LIB. Click here to see detour route to Terminal 1 for high clearance vehicles.

“We hope drivers remain understanding that although they may be temporarily inconvenienced, repairs to the bridge and the resulting detours are in the interest of putting safety first, which is our top priority,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. 

The LIB bridge structure was built in the 1960’s and the repairs and maintenance in this project will extend the lifespan of the structure for decades.  Crews will be replacing bridge bearings, patching concrete, resurfacing the bridge deck and resurfacing the approaching sections of the roadway that connect to the bridge.   Drivers should plan on adding extra time when traveling to or from the airport during this construction.

The detours and temporary Terminal 1 Garage entrance will be in effect until early November. The entire project will be complete by the end of November.

Virtual Travelers: Lambert Photo of the Week

Carson, a high school student from Tallahassee, FL., spots a Weedle in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge while playing Pokemon Go.

It’s only been a few days, but the new Pokemon Go smartphone app has become a phenomenon.  The augmented reality game collects location and visual information from users phones, and utilizing the GPS and camera features, creates a Pokemon-filled world for the player that’s integrated with the real world around them.   Players have been catching Pokemon characters all over Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.  The game’s slogan is, “Gotta Catch ‘Em All,” and people are trying to do just that.  The latest news reports indicate there are more than 21 million players each day, and the Pokemon craze is only picking up speed. 

Do the Twist: Lambert Photo of the Week

Staff members at Auntie Anne’s twist dough into pretzels at Terminal 2.

For the perfect buttery salty-sweet treat, it’s hard to beat Auntie Anne’s famous pretzels.  The aroma alone is as delicious as the fresh-made dough, and can make mouths water just by walking past the store.  Auntie Anne’s can be found in Terminal 2, so if you’re flying Southwest Airlines, you’re in just the right spot to grab one and go.  Each pretzel is hand-twisted into the recognizable shape.  Once cooked, the treat is dusted with a variety of toppings and flavors to satisfy every savory or sweet tooth. 

Power Restored at 5 p.m. Sunday

5:15 p.m. update:

Ameren Missouri restored full power to Terminal 1 approximately 5 p.m. today. A blown transformer caused a power outage at 11:15 affecting airlines and airport operations in Terminal 1 and Concourses A & C.

Emergency power was utilized immediately for health, safety and critical building operations. However, the outage caused issues with baggage delivery systems, airline computer stations and some gate operations.   Approximately 10 flights were cancelled because of the outage. Many more flights were delayed. Airlines were able to process ticketing and handle some gate operations, but experienced delays during the outage. The TSA performed manual baggage checks as well during the outage. The Airport and concessionaires handed out bottle water and snack to passengers throughout the afternoon.

While power is restored, there are still some systems that will take longer to reset. Operations should be back to normal after 6 p.m. tonight.

The Airport will work with Ameren in the coming days to determine what may have caused the outage.


Power Restored: Terminal 1 Power Outage Update

2:45 p.m. update:

Terminal 1 airlines continue to work through issues related to a blown transformer that created a loss of full power for Terminal 1 at approximately 11:15 a.m. Sunday.

Backup generators are currently providing power to health, safety and critical building systems for Terminal 1 and Concourse A & C. Airlines are still able to operate but their ticketing, gate and baggage delivery systems are impacted. There are delays and longer than normal waits for check-in for airlines in Terminal 1. Passengers flying out Sunday afternoon should arrive earlier than normal if they have confirmed their flight status with their airline.

Concessions and other services are also impacted by the power outage.

Airport crews and Ameren immediately responded to the outage and are working to restore full power later today.

This power outage does not affect Terminal 2 or Southwest Airlines.

Moose on the Move: Lambert Photo of the Week

Heather with Go Best Express wears moose ears to celebrate the International Moose Convention in St. Louis.

It was Moose madness at Lambert Airport on Thursday, when nearly 3,000 travelers flew in for the 2016 International Moose Convention being held in St. Louis. Go Best Express handled the majority of the ground transportation, and employees celebrated by wearing giant moose ears.  Even the monkey Go Best keeps behind the counter was sporting a pair. Former Moose International Grand Council Member and Moose of 34 years, Abby (not pictured), was waiting at Go Best to be transported and said on behalf of the organization, “We are very grateful to St. Louis for hosting us.”  She emphasized that “the public is welcome to come and be a part of the community.”  The Moose organization contributes between $75 to $100 million worth of community service (counting monetary donations, volunteer hours worked and miles driven) annually to help brighten the futures of thousands of children in need across North America. 

Raising the Rebar: Lambert Photo of the Week

Construction worker, Norm Smith, ties rebar on the Lambert International Blvd. bridge.

If you’ve driven to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport this summer, you may have been diverted around some road construction in front of Terminal 1.  A major bridge rehabilitation project is underway, and this week aged steel rebar was replaced with a green, epoxy-coated version that is more resistant to corrosion. It’s  just one of the many components that make up Phase 1 of the project. The bridge repairs will continue in various phases through late fall of 2016. Crews will be replacing bridge bearings, patching concrete, resurfacing the bridge deck and resurfacing the approaching sections of the roadway that connect to the bridge.   The structure was built in the 1960’s and repairs and maintenance are being done due to its age. 

A Cut Above: Lambert Photo of the Week

Lambert Airfield Maintenance mows grass in the Runway 11 approach area amid sequence-flashing approach lights.

This week has been HOT.  St. Louis has seen the heat index soar into the triple digits, but that doesn’t stop airport workers from getting the job done.  Keeping grasses mowed around the airfield is vital for safety and wildlife management.  Once spring hits, the airport’s fleet of mowers are put to work every day.  Mowing in a Runway Safety Area (250 feet from each side of the runway center line, and 1,000 feet from each end of the runway) requires coordination with Lambert’s Airfield Operations department and the Air Traffic Control Tower.  Before work can begin, the runway must be closed to all air traffic for safety.  The runway is then inspected to ensure all ground workers are clear before the runway re-opens.  

Southwest Spotlight: Lambert Photo of the Week

Local news media film Southwest Airlines at a press conference and celebration for peaking 100 flights a day from STL.

Southwest Airlines has taken center stage this summer at STL.  This week Lambert's largest carrier hit a major milestone, reaching 100 daily flights.  With the June 5 launch of new non-stop service from St. Louis to Oakland, CA (OAK), Cleveland, OH (CLE) and Portland, OR (PDX), Southwest now operates 103 flights per day to 43 destinations. To accommodate the growth, Southwest Airlines expanded by adding two new gates in Terminal 2.  Southwest has added six other non-stop destinations since the start of summer of 2015: Austin, TX (AUS); Orange County, CA (SNA); Little Rock, AR (LIT); Pittsburgh, PA (PIT); Des Moines, IA (DSM) and Wichita, KS (ICT).  Connecting passenger activity at Lambert is on an 18 percent growth trend in 2016 with 92 percent of connecting passengers on Southwest. 

Donut Dreams: Lambert Photo of the Week

An employee restocks the shelves at Dunkin’ Donuts in Concourse A on National Donut Day.

It was sweet way to kick-off the weekend, as the Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Lambert-St. Louis International Airport celebrated National Donut Day.  The popular chain offered a worldwide promotion where customers could receive a free donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage.  Passengers were quick to take advantage of the sweet deal, as lines could be seen throughout the day at both of the airport’s Dunkin’ Donuts locations.   People love these glazed treats year-round, too.   In 2015,  Dunkin’ Donuts served nearly 1.2 million donuts to Lambert passengers.  Stores can be found at Terminal 1 in Concourse A, and in Concourse E at Terminal 2. 

Airport Improvements

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