Elevated Roadway Between Terminal and Garage Taking Shape
Crews are paving the way for a brand-new approach to the Kansas City International Airport with the start of the New Terminal’s elevated roadway system. Designed to eliminate long traffic queues for loading and unloading passengers, the elevated roadway system will relieve congestion by creating separate traffic levels for departing and arriving travelers.
Construction of the elevated roadway involves a unique combination of road, bridge, and building construction. When complete, the bridge-like structure will provide over 20 feet of clearance between the arrivals area on the ground level and the elevated departures level.
At approximately 800 feet long, the elevated roadway will be located between the parking garage and New Terminal “headhouse”. When complete, the elevated surface will provide work crews with access to ongoing terminal and garage construction areas and support the installation of the massive Y-columns and terminal overhang that will create the New Terminal’s front door.
Completing the elevated roadway work is a joint venture of two Kansas City, Missouri-based firms, Clarkson Construction Company and Realm Construction. A sixth-generation, family-owned firm, Clarkson specializes in highway and bridge construction, concrete paving, and site development and paving. Realm Construction, a certified women-owned business, was founded in 1992 as a highway concrete pavement repair company and has since evolved into a turnkey heavy highway contractor.
The elevated roadway structure is scheduled for completion in Fall 2020 with construction of the parking garage and headhouse to follow.