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Albany International Airport’s Pedestrian Bridge 

Tentatively Scheduled for Removal 

Thursday and Friday Evenings


Bridge removal will require temporary lane 

closures in front of the terminal. 


While removal is being completed during slow arrival and departure times, those picking up or dropping off passengers should plan ahead


Drivers should follow instructions of personnel and use short term parking area inside the garage for pick-up and drop off.  


ALBANY, NY (January 16, 2024) – Albany International Airport (ALB) is gearing up for the removal of the pedestrian bridge that currently connects the North Parking Garage to the main terminal. The bridge’s removal is necessary as part of the airport’s ongoing terminal expansion project which is going to enhance operations at the security checkpoint, as well as bring new technologies, amenities and concessions to the airport.   

 "Construction on the terminal expansion project is full steam ahead and we’re excited to have reached this important milestone,” said Steven Smith, Director of Communications at Albany International Airport. “The bridge’s removal will set in motion a wide array of future construction activities as we continue to build a new, modernized and improved terminal. Those picking up or dropping off passengers at ALB during the removal are urged to give themselves extra time and follow signage and personnel who will be onsite to assist.” 

At this time the pedestrian bridge is scheduled to be removed on both Thursday, January 18th and Friday, January 19th during the evening or early morning hours when construction activities are intended to have the least amount of impact on those traveling in or out of the airport. 

Removal is tentatively scheduled to occur at one of the following windows on each of those days:

·      8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. or 1:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE - The removal of the pedestrian bridge is dependent upon favorable weather conditions and a determination will be made within a few hours of work to decide if it’s safe to proceed.

The removal of the pedestrian bridge will be done in two parts using a crane. On the first day, the section of the bridge connected to the North Garage will be removed. The second half of the bridge which is attached to the main terminal will be removed the following day. 

Under approved weather conditions, the removal is expected to take approximately 30-60 minutes each day. 

During the removal, it will be necessary to close the driving lanes in front of the terminal. All vehicle traffic intending to pass through the front of the terminal during these times will be required to enter the first level of the North Garage and then exit through the west side towards Albany Shaker Road. Passenger pick-up and drop off during the removal will also take place on the first level of the North Garage during the temporary closure.

To assist drivers in navigating the temporary closure, signage, security personnel and flag persons, will be onsite to help direct those arriving or leaving the airport during those times. 

As soon as the bridge is placed on the ground and the area has been deemed safe by construction personnel, the roadway in front of the terminal will be opened back up.   

In addition to the pedestrian bridge removal:

·      Passengers, guests, and airport personnel can expect to see more temporary walls being erected this week on both the first and second levels of the terminal. 

·      The escalators and stairwell near baggage claim is also expected to be closing very soon. Those who need to use the escalator will need to do so on the ticketing side of the terminal. Signage and personnel will be in place to assist. 

·      The main elevator between ticketing and baggage claim remains operational at this time and is available.

Visit www.albanyairport.com/construction for information about the terminal expansion project, a list of travel tips and the latest construction updates. 

Please also be sure to follow The Albany International Airport on social media for construction information and more taking place at ALB:

·      Facebook.com/AlbanyAirport

·      Instagram: @flyalbany

·      Twitter: @AlbanyAirport