Airport frontage to be transformed
A major project to be carried out jointly by Genève Aéroport and the cantonal authorities over the next four and a half years will renovate and strengthen the overpass and the parking areas in front of the airport.
Two years to renovate the overpass supporting the road that passes in front of the terminal: that is phase one of the project that started in June 2010 and will be completed in the autumn of 2012. It will be followed by a second period of works scheduled to last two and a half years, during which the decks (arrivals and check-in levels) housing the airport car parks and providing access to the terminal will be maintained and reinforced.
When the project is completed at the end of 2014, the renovation of these structures will have completely transformed the airport frontage on the Geneva side.
In order to minimise traffic disruption and inconvenience to passengers, visitors and users of other infrastructures situated within the airport perimeter, the 17 two-phase operations planned by the owners take into account as far as possible the seasonal peaks of Genève Aéroport, as well as the needs of all the surrounding structures.
Unfortunately however, despite the precautions, some disruption for passengers, visitors and traffic is inevitable from time to time, given the scale of the project, the size of the site and the diversity of its uses.
To mitigate such problems, every effort will be made to keep travellers informed of any changes that could affect them, including particularly through announcements on our website (www.gva.ch/travaux). At the same time, appropriate signs will be set up to mark temporary changes to access routes or bus stops as and when the need arises. All users of the overpass and the airport are requested to obey the road signs and the worksite speed limits.
In parallel with its policy of modernisation and expansion to prepare for the challenges of the future, Genève Aéroport also needs to ensure that existing older structures are strengthened so that they continue to meet the safety requirements and that is the purpose of these maintenance works. The State of Geneva, through the Department of Construction and Information Technologies, will take overall charge of the first phase of the renovation of the overpass, while Genève Aéroport will be responsible for the works relating to the platforms carrying the parking facilities and access road, which are now essential due to the aging of the structures and increased use resulting particularly from heavier traffic. The main focus will be on reinforcement, waterproofing and improved lighting.