The latest step in the ongoing mobile phone parking upgrade at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is opening a new overpass and south entrance to dramatically reduce parking exit wait times, increase l efficiency and provide reconfigured parking spaces. Travelers will see the new access as well as the elimination of the most difficult aspect of the lot, the exit from the left turn which was delaying the return of vehicles to the main terminal.
This opening of the access to the viaduct and the new south entrance is an important step for travelers who will see a new route to get to the lot from the Airport Expressway. It’s the same exit, but a slight right turn from the exit ramp, to a previously unused segment of the old airport highway. This unique solution eliminates traffic crossing S. 170th Street that was delaying the exit of traffic trying to return to the main terminal. This outgoing conflict was one of the biggest challenges of the old setup. Traffic can still turn west or east on S. 170th St.
Other upgrades opened this week include the two right-turn lanes on Air Cargo Road for additional capacity, as well as a one-way parking setup and a widened right-turn lane.
Additional construction will continue on the entire project over the next few months with additional landscaping, as well as sidewalks, bus shelters and traffic lights along Air Cargo Road and S. 170th Street. including a new sign off the northbound freeway at S. 170th St.
For more information and a visual graphic, check out the Cell Phone Lot project page.
Alternatives to driving
The cell phone is still only one of the many options for getting to the airport. Find alternatives to driving, including the latest Link Light Rail stations to Northgate, as well as buses, bikes, carpools, shuttles and taxis. Or, if you must drive, try pre-booked parking in the airport garage. Also, if you are using readers, think of the opposite – picking up travelers from the departures level; and drop off at arrivals level.