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The Salt Lake City International Airport will permanently close the drive-through lane in its parking garage on Oct. 1.
Some people had used the garage lane for passenger pick-up and drop-off, but now will need to use curbside pick-up and drop-off areas on the street outside the terminals.
The drive-through lane is being closed for construction that is part of the $1.8 billion terminal redevelopment program that will replace virtually all airport facilities over the next eight to 10 years.
The lane closure allows site preparation and demolition of the garage exit ramp and rental car canopies to make way for a new parking structure and temporary roadway system.
With removal of the drive-through lane, the airport expects an increase in traffic along the pick-up and drop-off curbs so it urges people to take advantage of the park-and-wait lot when waiting to pick up arriving passengers. It also urges drivers to wait in the lot until a passenger is actually at the curb and calls for pick-up.
The airport said closure of the drive-through lane will not impact short- or long-term parking in the garage. Delta Air Lines skycap service will continue to be available in the parking garage, as well as at the ground-level curbside area in front of Terminal 2.
More information about the terminal redevelopment program is available on the airport's website, slcairport.com.