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Friday, April 15, 2011 at 5:37 PM - For Immediate Release

Construction Detours Pedestrians, Shifts Traffic at Sacramento International Airport

SACRAMENTO, CA. — Drivers and pedestrians are urged to exercise caution and patience when driving at Sacramento International Airport (SMF) through the summer. Road work is underway to construct a traffic circle to control traffic flowing between Terminal A and Terminal B for the near-future and Terminal A and Central Terminal B by the end of 2011. The first two phases of this project have the greatest impact to drivers but passengers are advised to expect roadway construction at SMF until the opening of the new Central Terminal B in late 2011.

“Construction crews are doing what they can to minimize the impact to our customers as the roadways are prepared for Central Terminal B’s opening and the future of Sacramento International,” said Hardy Acree, Director of Airports. “However, it is important that drivers stay alert to ensure their safety and that of our passengers while navigating the roadways.”

The first phase of traffic circle construction is underway and will last approximately three months. A two-way intersection controlled by a stop sign located next to the Administration Building has been removed. The two lanes of traffic that continue to Terminal B have been shifted to the South and an ADA compliant pedestrian detour has been routed along the Terminal A ground transportation area and through the Administration Building parking lot to ensure safety.

The second phase of traffic circle construction will last an additional three months and will again re-route pedestrian but maintain the roadway drive lanes that have been established in phase one.

The Sacramento County Department of Airport is responsible for planning, developing, operating and maintaining the county’s four airports: Sacramento International Airport, Executive Airport, Mather Airport and Franklin Field. Sacramento International Airport offers more than 150 daily nonstop flights on 10 domestic and international carriers to 30 cities. The regional economic impact of the Sacramento County airport system is more than $4 billion annually. For more information, visit