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YVR construction will close ground level road access starting next week

The sixth month closure will affect courtesy shuttles, TransLink buses and pre-arranged commercial pick-ups.
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Vancouver International Airport will close the level one road access to the domestic terminal for construction starting Jan. 14, 2020. Richmond News file photo

Vancouver International Airport will close the level one road access to the domestic terminal for construction starting next week.

According to a media statement, road access will be closed for approximately six months to install “district energy piping” as part of YVR’s new Parkade and Central Utilities Building (CUB) project starting Jan. 14.

The project includes a geoexchange system – a heating and cooling system that uses the earth’s energy found below the surface – which will be implemented into the airport’s structures.

Courtesy shuttles, TransLink buses and pre-arranged commercial pick-ups will be affected during this time: Courtesy shuttle pick-ups and drop offs have been moved to departures level three. There are signs inside the terminal to direct travelers to appropriate shuttles. The N10 TransLink bus stop has been relocated outside the domestic departures check-in on level three. And, all pre-arranged commercial pick-ups will be on level two at international arrivals starting Jan. 14.

Pedestrian access to the parkade from the domestic terminal building is still open through designated walking routes.

According to Zoe Weber, YVR’s communication specialist, the geosystem at YVR will be “one of the largest in Canada” when it’s completed and will help “meet growing passenger demands while reducing its environmental footprint by supporting YVR’s heating and cooling needs across the terminal complex.”

“It is our goal to work efficiently in order to complete the construction in the shortest time frame possible and with minimal impact on passengers and visitors to the airport.”

The new utilities building, about 67,000 square feet in size, is expected to be built by 2021 and fully operational by 2022.

For more information on transportation to and from Vancouver's airport, visit YVR.ca.

-With files from Maria Rantanen

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