MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Think visiting the Twin Cities airport was a hassle last summer? This year will bring even more construction.
The airport's inbound and outbound roads will be changing nearly daily as construction crews rebuild them. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of visitors will attempt to maneuver through the intimidating obstacle course.
The changes -- all part of the airport's ambitious $2 billion-plus construction and expansion plan called ''MSP 2010'' -- also include a new connector between the Gold and Green concourses. Work also will begin soon on the new Hubert Humphrey charter terminal, and crews will be building a new runway and a third de-icing area.
The list of construction projects is so long that Nigel Finney, operations manager of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, has trouble keeping track of them all.
''It's like playing a game of dominoes to make this work,'' Finney said.
Parking shortages have also continued to plague visitors, forcing frequent shutdowns of at-capacity parking lots. The first three months of 2000 have seen 62 closings of the valet parking area, 23 shutdowns of the general parking lot and three closings of the short-term lot. The EconoLot near the Humphrey terminal closed 49 times.
A new parking ramp with more than 6,000 additional spots is under construction. Part of the ramp is already open, and the rest will be available in July.
But that still might not be enough, Finney said, because ''the new facilities fill as soon as they open.''
The good news for travelers is several projects that have been in progress for years will be completed this year.
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