Beware of construction at MKE

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    There are big changes taking place at Mitchell International Airport — and they will be especially noticeable for people picking someone up, or travelers waiting to get picked-up.
    The entire baggage claim area is being re-done. The whole project will take about a year. They expect the first stage to be done in July.

    “This is a $45 million replacement of the baggage claim facility, so this entire building is being replaced. As part of that they are replacing the roadway outside, the baggage claim curb , the traffic island an they’re also installing a glass canopy over the traffic lanes. So it’s an impressive project. It’s going to be beautiful when it’s done and we have short term inconvenience now,” explained Harold Mester, Public Relations for Mitchell International Airport.

    Right now the bulk of the construction is happening at the pick-up area, and that means pick-up is taking place on the same side as ticketing drop-off now.

    “Our goal is to get most of the traffic over. We understand there will be a few cars that don`t make it for whatever reason but this is going to be in place for quite a while and people will adjust,” said Mester. “During peak hours we’re expecting traffic to be quite congested and that’s why hourly parking is the best suggestion.”

    Officials admit it may take some getting used to, but they say this project is a necessity.

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