Work is officially underway on a new parking deck at the Asheville Regional Airport.
On Monday crews officially started the prep work needed to get the ball rolling around the construction site.
Airport officials say around 200 vehicles had to be towed to another lot at the airport over the weekend because, despite the signage, people remained parked in the construction zone.
The new five-story parking garage is expected to take about a year to build, but passengers will likely notice some changes very quickly.
Tina Kinsey of the Asheville Regional Airport notes that, “Light poles will begin to come down. In the next few weeks, if you’re out here at the airport, you’ll see the pavement begin to be demolished. Really prep work to get started on this project.”
The $22 million project will feature a covered walkway leading to the terminal.
To make up for the 400 parking spaces displaced during construction, travelers can use a new pre-paid lot across the road from the main entrance. The lot will open Monday, with a 24-7 shuttle available to transport travelers to the terminal.