Kevin Cokely, NBC 5 News
Pay attention if you drive out to DFW Airport. The entrance and exit plazas are now using the new booths, the ones with what many drivers say are much narrower lanes.
Pay attention if you drive out to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport -- the entrance and exit plazas are now using the new booths that some drivers say are much narrower than before.
"They seem really narrow, man. It’s scary" said one driver.
NBC 5 measured the lanes and found the old lanes measure anywhere from nine feet to 12 feet wide. The new lanes are a standard nine feet, with some additional wider lanes in the middle measuring 12 feet wide.
“I think I could see why it would make some people nervous," said another driver.
"The nine foot lanes can accommodate a semi," said David Magana, with DFW Airport. “Just maybe you should use the wide lanes if you've got a vehicle the size of a semi".
After countless, and sometimes dramatic, crashes at the old plazas, the new ones were designed with safety first.
“We want people to be able to work here safely and we want people to drive through here safely" said Magana.
The new design includes three foot walls on either side, which can make the lanes appear smaller.
"These new concrete wall are new, they're three feet high and they give the driver a tunneling effect and so it seems like they're narrower when they're really not," said Magana.
The old plazas will start coming down in a few weeks, which will erase the biggest problem right now -- those winding paths lined with orange cones from the old to the new, and trying to figure out where to stop.