KSA Engineers, Inc. was hired by the City of Amarillo to design and oversee the replacement of the bridge deck for the elevated roadway attached to the terminal building, as well as replace of the ground level paving in front of the terminal. These areas are used by all who arrive at and depart from Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport. It also is the face of the airport to the traveling public.
The existing bridge deck was beginning to show its age with spalling and other problems related to corrosion of its reinforcing steel. The ground level paving constricted traffic with its narrow width. In addition, it had drainage problems that caused standing water after minor rain events.
The first phase of the design included studying various construction phasing alternatives, as well as options to increase curb length available for dropping off and picking up passengers. Once the preferred options had been identified, the project proceeded to construction documents. The design included removal and replacement of the existing bridge deck in three phases. This phasing allows the terminal to maintain safe vehicular and pedestrian access on both the Ticketing and Baggage levels at all times during construction. The design also required reconstruction of all three of the entry vestibules on the Ticketing level.
Design of the Baggage level paving allowed more curb length which leads to easier access for arriving passengers. In addition to the work adjacent to terminal, the project also includes design of a short term parking lot (cell phone parking lot) where drivers can wait for arriving passengers to call and let the drivers know they have arrived, gathered their luggage and are ready to be picked up. This allows the airport to discontinue the historic practice of allowing short term parking adjacent to the terminal. This new process for arrivals will prevent much of the congestion that has historically occurred during peak times. The final portion of the project was to replace almost 90 existing exterior signs along the entry road and in front of the terminal with new signs that match the airport’s new interior signage and more clearly direct travelers.