FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 15, 2011
Contact: Haley Gentry, 704-359-4933
The Airport’s center parallel runway, 18C/36C, is undergoing major rehabilitation. CLT temporarily closed the runway on August 15, 2011. Crews have started removing the pavement from the full length, middle portion of the runway and are replacing it with new concrete. New runway lighting is also being installed. The contractor, Hi-Way Paving, will work 24 hours/6 days a week, weather permitting. Sunday will be used as a make-up day in the event of rain during the week. The project is scheduled to take 70 days.
During this work, departing aircraft that typically use the center runway will use Runway 18R/36L (the new parallel runway) for takeoff. Runway 18R/36L has primarily been used for arriving aircraft only. CLT has informed neighbors and businesses in the Airport community that this temporary operational change means that some neighbors will see more aircraft. Communities to the north and south of Runway 18R/36L, including some in neighboring York, Gaston and Lincoln counties, will also experience aircraft overflights not normally seen.
Runway 18C/36C is a 32-year old concrete runway that opened in 1979. Typical useful life for concrete is 25-30 years. The project cost is $26.5 million and is funded through General Airport Revenue Bonds. The Airport will continue to update information on this project on our website, charlotteairport.com