Construction is complete on the North/South Runway at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The runway was widened to handle larger passenger and cargo jets.

"We are complete with all of our paving. We are in the process now of just basically finishing the final touches on it," said Airport Manager Jim Szczesniak. “So we anticipate that runway will be opening relatively shortly."

Larger jets had to use the East/West Runway while construction took place.

The jets flew in less familiar territory over East Anchorage.

Bruce Herrman has been hearing aircraft over his home throughout the completion of the project.

"When they fly directly over it's pretty loud," Herrman said. "It don't bother me during the day, but in the evening it does sometimes."

Construction on the runway is done after two seasons of work.

"It'll be a little quieter in the evenings," said Herrman. "Come on bedtime, it'll be nice to be able to fall asleep without that roar, yeah."

It's been about 15 years since this runway has had any major work done on it. Szczesniak believes these latest renovations should last for another 15 years.

The North/South Runway has been closed since April 1. Money collected from airport fees paid for the project.

On Monday morning, airport program manager Eland Conway said the North/South Runway is tentatively scheduled to open at 5 p.m.

 

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