Airport reopens runway to air traffic - | WBTV Charlotte

Airport reopens runway to air traffic

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Airport officials announced Monday that a runway was reopened to air traffic at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The airport's center runway was torn up and replaced with new 18-inch deep concrete.

The repaving project is part of a new sustainability effort at the airport, according to a news release from the airport. The old concrete will be crushed and reused.

378 LED lights were also installed, replacing the older incandescent light bulbs. The new lights are brighter, require less maintenance and use 60 percent less power, according to the release.

The center runway was first open in 1979 and had never been replaced. Typical life for a concrete runway is 25-30 years, according to the airport.

The airport estimates the project, which costs $26.5 million and took 70 days to complete, will save more than $65,000 annually.




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