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Crews lifting SkyCenter walkway into place

On Monday, cranes hoisted the first of three massive sections of an elevated walkway that will connect the Airport to the new SkyCenter, opening up a world of new commercial development opportunities at Tampa International Airport.

The walkway lays the groundwork for an office building set to open in 2021 that will be the first in the region connected to the Airport by a train.

For the past several months, TPA construction workers have been assembling the steel structure on the ground, preparing to lift it up in three sections. The middle section was the first to go up, and all three sections are expected to be in place by the end of November.

The work means there will be some overnight road closures around the Rental Car Center, including the night of Nov. 20, as workers install the second span directly over the Airport Service Road.

Additional roadways closures and detours are possible in the future as construction progresses on the bridge. TPA asks all guests, especially those returning or renting a vehicle, to be mindful of construction during this period and be prepared for possible detours.

The walkway connects the 35-acre SkyCenter development, including a new office building and hotel, to the Airport’s Main Terminal. It is part of the Airport's Master Plan expansion, which will ultimately allow the Airport to serve 34 million annual passengers.