Parking expansion underway at Blue Grass Airport

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Construction is underway at Blue Grass Airport (LEX) on a $5.8 million expansion project, according to airport officials.

The airport parking lot will see about more than 300 new spaces. The airport’s current long-term parking lot fits 640 vehicles. After the expansion, it will accommodate more than 985 vehicles.

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Eric Frankl, the executive director, says the airport has experienced more than 20 percent growth in the last five years, “To accommodate this growth, a comprehensive parking project is underway to ensure we are providing parking in the most popular locations. Long-term parking continues to be a preference for many of our customers, and therefore, it is the primary point of emphasis for this project.”

Blue Grass Airport will also feature a covered walkway at this lot to offer protection during inclement weather. The airport will also expand its cell phone waiting area by building a 40-space lot where drivers can wait to meet arriving passengers.

Future plans also include adding an observation/picnic area in the cell phone waiting lot for families to watch airplanes landing and taking off.

Construction for this project is already underway. All parking areas are expected to be completed by spring 2020.

Project partners include engineering firm HDR, Inc. and general contractor The Allen Company. As part of this project, the airport will be installing LED lighting throughout the parking lot and incorporating new landscaping reflective of the Bluegrass region.

Effective May 1, 2019, Blue Grass Airport will be designating multiple curbside spaces near baggage claim for Ride App Pick-Up services, which include Lyft and Uber customers. Signage will be placed both inside and outside the terminal.