Sunday, December 5, 2010

JFK runway reopens

From the Times Ledger:

Just in time for the holidays, the busiest runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport has fully reopened after months of renovation that helped to ease congestion, airport officials said.

The bay runway, which at 14,511 feet is the longest runway at the airport, returned to full service Nov. 15, the Port Authority said. In March, the strip, used for one-third of JFK’s flights, was shut down for a $350 million reconstruction that expanded the runway and gave it new amenities, according to the PA.

The new runway has been widened from 150 feet to 200 feet and includes state-of-the-art concrete that the PA said is stronger than asphalt. It also includes several high-speed taxiways, new lighting and improved drainage, according to the PA.

The new taxiways will help reduce delays by providing jets with a more efficient way to wait for takeoff, the PA said. The expanded roadway will also enable larger jets to arrive at JFK, and airport officials said that also would cut down on the number of delays.


Anonymous said...

I always thought concerete was stronger than asphalt;thanks for clearing that up!

Anonymous said...

Concrete and asphalt have different properties that make them useful in different situations. Weight, installation, durability, thermal expansion, etc.

Before anyone comes in here screaming waste of money, this was actually a rather good use of it. Improvement of infrastructure. IIRC, this will help not only with the obvious of better runway conditions, but things like high speed turnoffs improve apron efficiency, which improves scheduling time at JFK, which in fact then has a domino effect on the national air traffic grid, as JFK is a key player.

I also believe they did it relatively under time and on budget. PA finally did something right!!!