ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Officials are preparing for a reconstruction project at the Albuquerque International Sunport and that means the long-term parking lot will be closed for about five months.

Airport officials say the lot will be closed starting the day after Christmas in order to have the space emptied by the time construction is scheduled to start in mid-January.

The $5 million reconstruction project will include repaving of the entire lot and the addition of solar panels that will also serve as shade canopies. A grant is helping pay for the solar panels.

Officials say the construction has been scheduled for what is traditionally a slow time between the holidays and summer travel season.

The airport is offering alternative parking at the same rate in a lot off Girard east of the terminal.