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Stuart Johnson, Deseret News
Cars travel on Terminal Drive heading into the Salt Lake City International Airport on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. On Friday, crews split Terminal Drive in two, with the left lane for motorists who want to go to the economy parking lot. The other lanes splitting off to the right lead to the parking garage, rental car returns and terminals.

SALT LAKE CITY — A big change at the Salt Lake City International Airport is causing a lot of confusion for some drivers.

Friday, crews split Terminal Drive in two, with the left lane for motorists who want to go to the economy parking lot. The other lanes splitting off to the right lead to the parking garage, rental car returns and terminals.

"We encourage everyone to slow down and look at the signs, follow the signs," said airport spokeswoman Nancy Volmer. "I think it is very well signed to easily determine which lane to go to in order to get to the location you want to be at."

The road shift in needed to cordon off space to begin infrastructure work on what will become an elevated roadway for the Airport Redevelopment Program. As part of the new airport, the elevated roadway will lead to an upper level for passenger drop-off, while the ground level roadway will be mainly used for passenger pickup. The change is expected to reduce curbside congestion.

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Drivers who mistakenly stay in the left should go through the economy parking lot pay station, without paying, and loop back around, Volmer said. Don't try to turn around, as some drivers did Friday.

The road will remain split for eight months, then return to what travelers have been used to until the first phase of the airport opens in the fall of 2020.

The first phase of construction includes the completion of the parking garage, terminal and South Concourse-West. The North Concourse-West's completion is slated for 2021, while the east portions of both concourses are expected to open in 2024.