(Source: Scottsdale Independent) – Commencing a year-long project, Scottsdale Airport began its first phase of construction on Aug. 1, demolishing the existing terminal and adjacent office buildings and site.
Phase 2 is slated to begin this fall, according to the latest update from Scottsdale Airport.
The airport construction will redevelop the former terminal building and adjacent office buildings into a new aviation business center and two executive-size hangars to better utilize the property. Regarded as one of the nation’s top corporate jet facilities, the Scottsdale Airport notched 164,000 landings and departures in 2016.
Phase 1 is primarily concentrated in an area stretching in front of the former airport terminal. Road restrictions as of Aug. 1 include:
- Butherus Drive is reduced to one eastbound and one westbound lane between Airport Drive and 75th Street;
- A section of Airport Drive (in front of former terminal) is closed, northeast from Butherus Drive to 75th Street;
- The speed limit is reduced to 15 mph in this area.
Issues to consider during construction include:
- Business access: Crews will prioritize maintaining access to businesses, but it will be necessary to temporarily divert traffic to alternative entrances/exits as construction crews haul debris in and out of construction crew and begin construction. Trucks, buses and fuel trucks may experience a bit of delay while onsite traffic controllers work to move barricades to give them more room to maneuver through area.
- Work hours: Regular construction times will be 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Lane closures will remain in place during nonworking hours.
- Sidewalk access: The sidewalk on the northwest side of Butherus Road will not be accessible while adjacent lane restrictions are in place. The southwest sidewalk will remain open.