Improvements Projects

This improvement page will keep our passengers up to date on current and past construction projects at CHO. To better view, the images, click the link below the image. This project was completed Fall of 2022.

Current Construction Projects:

Gate 5 Escalator Replacement Project


The new escalators have arrived and demolition of the current escalators is underway.

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On April 26th our upper-level Gate 5 area was shut down to replace all four escalators. This project will keep the upper-level closed until November of this year. The American Airlines Gate 5 area has been moved to a temporary location between our Tailwinds restaurant and the United Gate 1 area. There is signage leading passengers to the temporary Gate 5.

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Long Term Parking Lot Pavilions

This Pavillion Project is to give our long-term passengers easier access to the terminal. These pavilions will have staircases and elevators in each. The project was completed Fall of 2022. Check in here for regular updates and photos of how the project is going.




Please use caution! Beginning at 7 am, the short-term parking lot exit will be closed. There will be a detour in the lot with vehicles entering and exiting the same entrance. There will be airport staff to help make this transition as smooth as possible. This detour may continue through Thursday afternoon.


The South Side Pavilion roof is going up, there will be temporary lane closures while the lifts move from side to side. Use caution while taking Bowen Loop.

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The elevator towers are complete on the North and South pavilions. The next road closure will take place on the 21st of April.

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Irregular Operations at CHO Tonight:

If you are planning to pick up a passenger this evening at CHO be advised there will be detours in place due to road closures in front of the terminal. To ensure a smooth transition for everyone, there will be plenty of CHO staff on hand to assist.

The closure will take place from 9pm until 3am.


On April 7, 2022; from 9pm to 3am, a portion of Bowen Loop (in front of the terminal) at CHO will be closed. If you plan to pick up a passenger or grab a taxi or rideshare, they will not be in their typical location. CHO will have extra staff on hand directing traffic and helping passengers find their way around the construction. We want to thank all of our passengers in advance for their patience as we work through is part of the parking project.


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The progress on the first column is coming along! Footings and masonry work are being placed.

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The first column of this walkway has started being built.

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Placement of underground storm pipes are being installed.


Trenching on the North and South staircases has begun. Concrete will be poured this week. Large equipment will be shutting down some of Bowen Loop, use caution when you are driving in front of the terminal.

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Demolition of the concrete and asphalt on the North and South staircases has begun. This should be done early next week, until then this will cause some lane closures throughout the day.

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Throughout this project, there will be temporary lane closures. Please use caution when driving on loop road.

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Starting March 1st, 2022, parking in the lot term lot will be limited to the center and back rows. Large portions of the front rows will be fenced off to start the pavilion project. The fencing to block off the areas will go up starting today and will be completed by March 2nd. This fencing will remove access to the North and South staircases.

Past Construction Projects:

September 2021

Demolition of Taxiway E, Construction of Taxiway A4:

  • As of Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021 –  The Taxiway E/A4 project is substantially complete as of this afternoon. Taxiway Alpha is now opened full length, and Taxiway Alpha-4 is available also. The ILS and MALSR are also back in service.
  • With the expansion of the air carrier ramp, taxiway E no longer meets FAA design standards.
  • The new taxiway A4 is being constructed to FAA standards.
  • Taxiway A4 will reduce aircraft taxi times.
  • Taxiway A4 will reduce airfield congestion by allowing smaller aircraft to exit the runway sooner, and not have to taxi to the runway end.

Terminal Generator Project:

  • Two newly installed generators will allow the airport terminal to be independent of commercial power.
  • Area power outages will not affect terminal services.
  • Passenger screening and check-in will continue as “normal” during commercial power outages.
  • Airport Parking lighting and services will be uninterrupted, and concession services will be unaffected.


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