Terminal B Arrival Level Roadway Closed June 23 to July 1
Installation of Structural Beams Part of Building a Better Logan
The lower level arrival roadway at Boston Logan International Airport’s Terminal B will be closed Wednesday June 23 at 2 a.m. until Thursday July 1 at 5 a.m. so workers can install new support beams for the roadway system. The work is part of Massport’s $55 million rehabilitation of the 36-year-old Terminal B garage and roadway system, one of several projects to build a better Logan.
During the eight-day period, workers will install 125 56-feet-long precast concrete beams that weigh 11 tons each along the US Airways side of Terminal B. Access to and from the garage will not be affected during the road closure and the upper level roadway for departures will not be impacted.
In all, 240 beams will be needed for the rehab project to maintain the roadway system in good condition, and the lower level roadway will be closed again in late August so the remaining 115 beams can be installed on the American Airlines side of the terminal.
During the June 23-July 1 closure, drivers meeting arriving passengers at Terminal B will enter the Terminal B garage where they will be directed to the passenger pick up areas. Drivers must stay with their vehicles. Taxis will be available only at the American Airlines side of the terminal to pick up passengers.
US Airways, Air Canada and Midwest passengers getting picked up by a private vehicle should exit the terminal at the lower level and use the active crosswalk to enter the garage where they will be directed to passenger pick up areas. Passengers needing a taxi should continue to the American Airlines curb. Limousines will pick up passengers on the upper level at the U-turn bend in the roadway.
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area of the Terminal B Garage will be relocated from the first level to the second level of the garage during the construction project.
Most buses for Terminals A and B will use the upper roadway for drop-off and pick up of all passengers. The Silver Line will not be able to access Terminal B during this period. Passengers taking the Silver Line bus to South Station should use the #11 or #66 shuttle bus to Terminal C.
“This project is necessary for keeping Logan in great shape,’’ said Ed Freni, Director of Aviation for Massport, which owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport. “We will have extra personnel in place to assist passengers as they navigate the terminal during the construction period and we apologize for any inconvenience.’’
Engineers calculated it will take about 90 minutes for a truck to bring a beam in on the lower roadway, have two forklifts take the beam off the truck, pivot in tandem, place the beam on a cradle system, and then raise the beam and attach it in place. Because the space is so constrained, only one beam can be installed at a time. Two crews of nine workers will work in 12 hour shifts throughout the closure to minimize the disruption.
In November, the roadway was closed for one night so engineers could test the installation process of a “mock up” structural beam. The wooden mock up was 60 feet long, weighed 2,500 pounds, and was needed to gauge the ease of transporting the concrete beams into the Terminal B roadway system; and how quickly they could be off-loaded from trucks and positioned for installation in the tight confines of the roadway.
Boston Logan, 15 minutes from the intersection of Route 128 and I-90 and five minutes from downtown Boston, serves as the gateway to the New England region and offers nonstop service to 70 domestic and 31 international destinations and in 2008 handled 26.1 million passengers. Boston Logan is the Air Line Pilot Association’s Airport of the Year for 2008 because of its commitment to safety. Over the past decade, the airport spent $4.5 billion on a modernization program that includes new terminals, parking facilities, roadways and airport concessions, and has been transformed into a world-class 21st Century facility. The airport generates $7 billion in total economic impact each year.
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The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) operates Boston Logan International Airport, the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $8 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England.