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Airport project creates demand for parking, adds 1,600 new spaces
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A parking expansion construction project at the Dane County Regional Airport is creating high demand for parking, and officials are recommending travelers plan extra time to park.

The ramp and adjoining surface lot closest to the terminal may reach full capacity during the construction, according to a release from the Dane County Regional Airport.

Officials are urging travelers to arrive at least two hours before a flight?s departure time to allow extra time for parking and security screening.

Signage near the airport will provide up-to-date parking availability, and live updates will be posted on the airport?s Twitter account, according to the release. A free shuttle will operate between the economy lot and the terminal building from 4 a.m. until the last flight arrives each day.

?DCRA is a key contributor to our local economy, and when our airport expands you know great things are happening in our region,? Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said. ?The growth of local high-tech companies, combined with the Dane County Regional Airport?s growing list of 12 direct flights to locations across the country, has helped ridership and demands for parking.?

The first phase of the project will add three floors to the airport?s existing covered parking ramp, which will add 1,600 new spaces, according to the release. The extra spaces will be available for use by the end of the year, and already existing spots in the covered ramp will remain available throughout construction.

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