I use the cell phone lots at O’Hare and Midway regularly to pick up people. It’s a lot less stressful than driving around in circles and looking at the curb hoping to see your passenger. It’s probably a lot safer too, since you’ll be doing less driving in a congested area with your attention not fully on the road. This article also discusses all the other changes to the highway network at International Gateway and Stelzer Road.
Get me to the airport
Coming soon to Port Columbus: a free ‘cell-phone’ waiting lot and much simpler traffic flow
Sunday, August 24, 2008 3:44 AM
By Tim Doulin
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Finding your way through all the construction at Port Columbus is tough enough.
But then, after you’ve picked the right lane and reached the terminal, the security officer won’t let you park and wait until your loved ones come out of the terminal, dragging their luggage to the curb.
That’ll all get better in just a few more weeks.
By the end of September, according to airport officials, you’ll be able to park in a “cell-phone” waiting lot where you can cool your heels free until your passengers call to ask, “Where the heck are you?”
The lot will be a welcome sight at the airport this fall. Another will be fewer orange barrels as some road and bridge construction projects wind down.
The cell-phone waiting lot, to be built west of the McDonald’s restaurant on the airport grounds, will have 50 spaces. Drivers can tune to radio station 1640 AM, operated by the airport, to hear whether a flight has been delayed or canceled.