SFO Runway Repaving, Other Upgrades Will Mean Shutdowns, Flight Delays
(BANT) – The second-longest runway at San Francisco International Airport will undergo a renovation, requiring a series of runway closures starting late next month, as well as flight delays.
Airport officials announced Tuesday that Runway 28L, one of two runways used primarily for arriving flights, will be getting a handful of improvements, including a fresh new asphalt pavement.
Officials say repaving on the expansive runway is the equivalent of paving four highway lanes for a distance of more than 10 miles. The runway was last repaved in 2008. Repaving is necessary every eight to 12 years, based on flight activity, according to the airport.
Other improvements include the addition of upgraded runway centerline lights featuring more durable, energy-saving LED fixtures. Additionally, a new secondary taxiway near the end of the runway will be added in order to improve operational efficiency, and crews will also make enhancements to an existing taxiway to aid departing flights.
While most of the work on the runway will take place during the night and early morning hours, it will also require nine separate weekend runway closures over a course of four months.
The closures will take place on the weekends of March 31, April 7, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, June 2, and June 9. Those dates are subject to change depending on weather-related conditions.
“This project will ensure our runways continue to safely serve air traffic at SFO, while providing improved efficiency and longevity,” airport director Ivar Satero said in a statement. “Working collaboratively with airlines and the FAA, we have scheduled this project to minimize the impact on our airport guests.”
Officials say the runway closures may cause some delays in airport operations. More information about the project can be found at www.flysfo.com/28L.