East Tulsa -
Construction crews will close Tulsa International Airport's main commercial runway Friday night for its first of 12 weekends.
It is the last phase of the airport's approximately $55 million reconstruction of the runway. The runway is 10,000 feet long and will be about 150 feet wide when it is completely finished.
"I think that's great," said resident Suzy Dollar.
This final phase involves the intersection of two runways. Crews will cut out sections of concrete about the size of a football field each weekend. Crews will do so between 11 p.m. on Fridays and 2:30 p.m. Monday.
However, airport officials said it has been planning with airlines for some time to utilize other runways.
"If you've booked a trip, you're not going to notice anything has changed. Your flight's going to operate as scheduled," said airport spokesperson Alexis Higgins.
Higgins said if there is ever a threat of bad weather with poor visibility, the construction will be canceled for the weekend. Officials will monitor the forecast.
If all goes according to plan, the runway will be completed in June of 2014. That is still three years earlier than the project was originally planned to last.
Officials said the new runway will last 20 to 30 years. It was last fixed in 1982.
The project is predominantly funded by the Federal Aviation Administration, meaning most of the money comes from airline ticket taxes and aviation fuel fees.
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