The final phase of runway reconstruction at Tulsa International Airport (TUL) has started this week.
Work on the airport’s primary commercial service runway has resumed as part of a US$13.3 million project.
It is the fourth and final phase of a multi-phased effort to completely reconstruct the airport’s 9,999’ runway and is scheduled for completion sometime in June.
Airport staff have worked closely with Atkins, Interstate Highway Construction, and airport tenants to ensure minimal impact to flight operations throughout the construction period.
The phase has been challenging because it involves the reconstruction of the intersection of the two primary commercial service runways at TUL.
Work on the intersection will take place over 12 extended weekend closures, beginning on February 14.
All aircraft activity will take place on the west runway (18R/36L) throughout the weekend closures.
Airport director, Jeff Mulder, says: “Airport staff have worked closely with the design team, contractor, and airport tenants to minimise the impact of the project on airport users.
Once this project is completed, TUL will enjoy the use of this runway for at least 20 years.”
Reconstruction of Runway 18L/36R is estimated to cost $55 million, which has been predominantly funded by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) – funded by airline ticket taxes and aviation fuel fees.