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Airport work may snarl traffic; Road project focused on lanes by terminal

Traffic at Buffalo Niagara International Airport will prove a challenge beginning tonight when crews launch a major reconstruction of the main terminal road system.

Anticipating significant congestion at peak times beginning Tuesday morning, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority officials are already urging airport users to arrive at the terminal at least 90 minutes before departure.

"These structural improvements are an investment that ensures the successful operation of the terminal's infrastructure for many years to come and provides for the safety of our customers," said NFTA Executive Director Kimberley A. Minkel.

Authority officials said work on the departures road (upper level) will involve deck surface milling, joint repairs, curb replacements, paving, striping and sidewalk repairs.

Work on the arrivals road (lower level) calls for installing steel reinforcement beams to the upper deck, roadway milling and overlay improvements, and repairing structural columns and concrete.

During construction, traffic will be restricted to one lane from 1 to 8 a.m. each weekday.

Message signs are expected to direct traffic into the proper lanes for both levels of roadway.

The authority recommends that airport customers picking up arriving passengers park in the cellphone lot on Holtz Drive for cellphone notification that their passenger has retrieved luggage and is ready for pickup.

The airport's radio system is also recommended for travelers headed to the airport.

Construction and parking updates will be available at 1580 AM, which is best received within three miles of the airport.

The airport's website -- -- will also communicate timely information as necessary, officials said.

The project is scheduled for completion in August.