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Park­ing lim­it­ed at Tampa In­ter­na­tion­al Air­port as con­struc­tion con­tin­ues

Published Jan. 4, 2016

Parking at Tampa International Airport is about to get complicated.

As construction continues on the $953 million property expansion, parking at the airport's long- and short-term garages will be limited for the next six weeks.

Two floors of the short-term parking garage will be closed beginning Thursday and will remain closed until mid February as construction workers waterproof the garage entry and exit ramps. Overnight parking will not be available in the short-term garage.

During this period, travelers are encouraged to use the economy parking garage where fares are $10 a day. Drivers picking up and dropping off passengers should note that circling the terminal is not permitted. Instead, drivers should wait in the cellphone lot.

"This project marks the start of one of the busiest periods in the airport's three-year capital program," said airport CEO Joe Lopano in a news release. "The first year involved largely site preparation, and the last year we'll be finishing build-out of internal spaces. This year, we're going vertical at the rental car center, installing the guideway for the people mover and opening more than 30 of our 65 new shops and restaurants."

Airport renovations, which include the construction of a rental car facility, a people mover connecting the main terminal and the rental car facility and a slew of new restaurants and shops inside terminals, will continue through 2017. More than 1,000 construction workers are expected to be working at the airport this month and next month.

Contact Justine Griffin at jgriffin@tampabay.com. Follow @SunBizGriffin.