The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is implementing a nearly $400
million capital improvement program over the next three years at Midway International Airport that will significantly upgrade the travel experience for years to come. The Midway Modernization Program (MMP) is bringing new and expanded concessions, a larger security checkpoint area, and an expanded terminal parking garage.
The CDA is overseeing a phased approach to construction on MMP projects to minimize traffic impacts to the surrounding community and to maintain seamless operations at Midway to keep employees and travelers moving
through the airport.
Security Checkpoint Expansion
Several TSA lanes have shifted within the existing checkpoint area to allow work to begin on the widening of the checkpoint.
* This checkpoint configuration will remain until late Spring 2019.
Later in October, new barrier walls will be erected along the east side of the checkpoint area so the east facade can be demolished. This work will connect the new security pavilion to the existing terminal building.
Cicero Avenue lane closures move to the southbound side by the end of the month and traffic flow will move to the north side (current work area). Two lanes remain open in each direction.
Sidewalks along west side of Cicero Avenue remain closed through Summer 2019.
Work is completed on the north portion of the arrivals lanes on the lower level roadway.
Work continues over the arrivals lanes in the south portion of the roadway system with intermittent lane closures.
* Nightly closures will continue on both portions of the roadway system for the duration of construction.
In November, steel and bridge erection will begin and there will be a concrete pour over the south arrivals/departures area. This work will require lane closures in several areas of roadway system.
Terminal Parking Garage Expansion
Several changes now in place around CTA Orange Line Station for duration of construction, including:
* Kilpatrick Avenue closed from 59th Street to station - only buses allowed.
* Station access available at temporary Kiss & Ride lot entrance off of 59th St. * Existing Kiss & Ride lot has closed.
East lane of Kilpatrick Avenue (access road) behind terminal garage remains closed through October.
* Employee shuttle buses will continue to operate from existing locations.
New pedestrian walkway between the CTA Orange Line station and the terminal building will be built in late October/early November and pedestrians will be rerouted to the terminal at ground level.
Passengers and employees should continue to use the pedestrian bridge (accessed from Level 3 of the parking garage) to get to the CTA Orange Line station until the ground-level walkway opens.
* The existing pedestrian bridge will be closed and demolished in November.
A new pedestrian bridge is being constructed with this project.
Work has started on the new exit ramp from southbound Cicero Avenue to the parking garage. Minimal impacts expected.
Replacement work on lighting and heating systems in south helix (circular ramp) is underway and continues through the end of the year. Traffic may slow when passing work area but no closures expected.