Major Runway Improvements Resume May 17 at PDX
Portland International Airport neighbors should expect some changes as the second year of a three year runway rehabilitation program resumes May 17.
The major improvements to the airport’s two primary runways will rehabilitate both the north and south runways as well as extending the north runway. The first year of the project, which occurred in 2009, rehabilitated the north runway. The second year of the project will continue with the extension of the north runway which is needed to accommodate larger aircraft that require the extra length for takeoff at PDX when the longer south runway closes for rehabilitation in 2011.
Construction activities are scheduled to conclude around mid-October 2010 and will resume in the spring of 2011 for the final year of the program. Because of varying runway closures during construction, more propeller aircraft are expected to use the airport’s north-south (crosswind) runway, meaning airport neighbors may notice a temporary change in flight patterns and aircraft noise.