Sky Harbor tows cars to clear parking lot for paving

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PHOENIX -- Dozens of cars and trucks parked in the West Economy Lot at Sky Harbor International Airport were towed to to the Terminal 2 parking garage Tuesday morning.

Between 50 and 60 vehicles were removed from the lot to allow paving crews to begin repair work. The West Economy Lot will be closed through Nov. 2. Parts of the parking lot will remain closed through Nov. 9.

Sky Harbor spokeswoman Deborah Ostreicher said the airport started warning people about the closure a month ago.

The lot closed at 1 a.m. Tuesday. At 9:30, flatbeds and tow trucks were hard at work removing the vehicles still parked there.

The owners of the towed cars will be be charged for the towing, nor will they be charged for parking in the Terminal 2 garage.

Any vehicles that have not been picked up when the West Economy lot reopens will be be moved back to a special area of the lot, Ostreicher said.

"All of our staff and bus drivers will direct them right to their cars," she said. "There will be no problems."

During this temporary closure, customers will be directed to the East Economy Lot, which costs the same as the West Economy Lot at $4 per hour or $9 daily; or the upper level of the Terminal 2 parking garage which is $4 per hour or $11 daily. The West Economy Lot has 1,500 parking spaces. The Terminal 2 upper level has 1,174 spaces and East Economy Lot has 3,600 spaces.

Customers with questions about parking availability can call Sky Harbor’s parking hotline at 602-273-4545 for up-to-the-minute information.