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Hartsfield-Jackson to add traffic signals at lower-level curbside roadway

The world’s busiest airport is taking steps aimed at fixing congestion at the curbside.

Hartsfield-Jackson International officials plan to add traffic signals for pedestrians who cross the roadway at the lower-level curbside of the domestic terminal.

The Atlanta airport will add traffic signals, pedestrian signals and signs, marking and infrastructure at crosswalks on the lower level of the domestic terminal North and South curbsides.

“Right now you have people in the crosswalk, everybody stops, and there’s one person crossing the lane at a time, which backs up the traffic,” said Hartsfield-Jackson general manager John Selden. Those that cross at the lower level include people who use Uber and Lyft pickup areas and those who park on lower levels of the parking decks.

The new signals will be timed to “improve safety and improve the traffic flow,” Selden said. Plans are to install the signals by fall of 2020.

On the main level of the parking deck, pedestrians will be able to use overhead pedestrian bridges to be constructed along with escalators and elevators.

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Kelly Yamanouchi
Kelly Yamanouchi
Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.