PDX South Runway Reopens

by Rachel Wray 10/5/2011 1:21 PM

Portland International Airport’s 11,000-foot south runway is now open, following the complete reconstruction of the runway over the summer of 2011. Hawaiian Airlines was the first air carrier to depart off the new runway, fitting since they were the last departure off the south runway before it was closed last spring for construction.  

 

At a ceremony celebrating the runway’s reopening, Port executive director Bill Wyatt thanked the many people who played a part in the project, taking time to honor the Federal Aviation Administration, whose air traffic control tower employees carefully managed the air traffic to minimize neighborhood impacts.

 

Both Wyatt and Port aviation director Steve Schreiber reserved the bulk of their comments for thanking community members who live near and around the airport on both the Oregon and Washington sides of the river. Throughout the project, PDX neighbors have been patient with changing air traffic patterns, allowing the Port to complete the construction in a timely, resource-efficient way.

 

The project was the third and final phase of a three-year runway improvement program. The south runway phase involved completely removing the old asphalt runway and replacing it with a new, 19-inch deep concrete runway surface over a 4-inch deep asphalt base. In 2009, the Port rehabilitated the north runway, and in 2010, extended the north runway from the former 8,000 feet to 9,825 feet.  

A small group applauds as a Hawaiian Airlines jet, the first departure off the newly reopened south runway, takes off.

PDX's newest international flight, Asiana Cargo, taxis toward the end of the runway to prepare for take-off.

A FedEx cargo jet, a Boeing 777, heads to the west.

A sunnier view of the south runway, taken just a couple weeks before the October 5th reopening.

PDX South Runway Rehabilitation Project Enters Final Phase

by Rachel Wray 8/25/2011 12:55 PM

Long and dry summer days mean construction work on Portland International Airport’s south runway continues apace. The reconstruction project is now in its final phase, bringing some temporary flight pattern changes through early October.

 

Increased flights over some airport neighborhoods are expected during this construction phase, similar to flight activities during the first phase of the construction this spring and early summer. Flight changes are occurring because many aircraft that would normally use the south runway will now temporarily use the north or crosswind runways. As we saw earlier this year, an increased use of the crosswind runway increases the number of flights over neighborhoods south of the airport. The north runway alone cannot accommodate all PDX flights during the south runway closure.

 

The work is the final stretch of a three-year runway rehabilitation program that will wrap up in October. The project is completely reconstructing the airport’s south runway, worn by years of aircraft use. In 2009, the Port rehabilitated the north runway, and in 2010, extended the north runway from the former 8,000 feet to 9,825 feet. The longer north runway is capable of accommodating the larger aircraft departures while the south runway is closed for reconstruction, keeping the airport fully operational.

 

Some photos of the south runway work in progress:

 

 

PDX South Runway Update

by Rachel Wray 7/29/2011 6:01 PM

You may have noticed construction at Portland International Airport. The south runway is being completely reconstructed as part of the final stretch of a three-year runway rehabilitation program.

 

The project team has been hard at work since the construction season began last spring, and July 29, 2011, marks the partial reopening of the east half of the south runway and the closing of the crosswind (north-south) runway as construction continues. This will help reduce aircraft noise for neighbors who live north and south of the airport – these neighborhoods have experienced more flights due to increased use of the airport’s crosswind runway during the project.

 

In early September, the entire south runway will close once again to finish the reconstruction of the runway, and aircraft operations will resume on the crosswind runway. The entire project is scheduled to wrap up in early October with normal aircraft operations returning to PDX.

 

Want more info? Send your project questions and concerns to Art Spillman, 503.415.6133, or contact the Noise Hotline at 503.460.4100 or 800.938.6647.

Phase Three of PDX Runway Improvement Project Begins April 4

by Rachel Wray 4/1/2011 4:56 PM

From April to October this year, the Port is working to completely rebuild the airport’s south runway, worn by years of wear and tear from aircraft use. The runway will close April 4. Changes in flights over some nearby neighborhoods are expected during construction because many aircraft that would normally use the south runway will be using the north or crosswind runways.

We appreciate the patience of airport neighbors, and we’ll be sharing information and progress updates throughout the construction season. Interested in more information? Learn more about the project on the Port website, or contact Brooke Berglund to schedule a presentation.

This is the third and final phase of our runway rehabilitation program at PDX, and the results will last a long time. After a lifecycle cost analysis, we opted to reconstruct the south runway in concrete, which has a 40-year design life and needs less maintenance than asphalt.