It's back to business as usual at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and a lot quieter in the skies over Anchorage.

The north-south runway reopened at 5 p.m. Monday. It had been closed since April 1 so the runway could be widened to accommodate larger passenger and cargo jets.

The construction forced all jets and planes to take off from the east-west runway, which sent air traffic to parts of town not typically used by the large jets.

Crews needed two seasons to complete the work that is expected to last for about 15 years.

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