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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is reaching a milestone in its inbound roadway improvement project, creating a temporary detour for customers approaching the airport from the north. The detour is scheduled to go into effect Dec. 4, but due to a rainy forecast, it may be delayed a day or more until weather conditions are clear and the roadways can be re-striped.

The detour on Airport Boulevard, effective through April 2014, will change how southbound customers access the parking lots and the terminals. Prominent signage will be on display leading up to and along the detour. Drivers are strongly encouraged to obey the 25 mph speed limit posted throughout Airport roadways.

The inbound roadway improvement project is designed to provide for safer and more convenient travel to the domestic terminal. The project will upgrade the inbound roadway network between I-85 and Camp Creek Parkway on the north and Riverdale Road on the south, offering airline passengers and other airport users a safer, more convenient drive to the Airport. Once completed, the new roadways will provide a better separation of traffic entering and moving through the Airport; allow for better sight distances and more time for decision making; eliminate difficult traffic-weaving and yield situations; route exiting rental car traffic north directly to I-85 and change the airport entrance on Riverdale Road to the signalized intersection with Airport Boulevard.

The approximately $60 million project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014.

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.