Traveling just got a little easier in Tulsa this week after the airport announced that the primary commercial service runway reopened last Friday.
The 18-inch thick commercial runway, which opened back up on Friday, was completely reconstructed for the first time since 1982. It also came with a $55 million price tag and funded by Federal Aviation Administration grants.
KTUL's community newspaper partner the Broken Arrow Ledger reported that the project required the coordination of numerous organizations, including the design team led by ATKINS, the project’s contractor Interstate Highway Construction, Inc., and airport tenants.
Airports Director Jeff Mulder, said, “Our primary objective was to complete this project with minimal disruption to airport users. I appreciate the project team’s commitment to safety and our staff’s efforts to ensure that TUL was accessible for aircraft operations throughout the project.”
Altogether, the complete reconstruction of Runway 18L/36R is estimated to cost $55 million. The project is predominantly funded by Federal Aviation Administration grants.
TIA's runaway construction was divided into four phases, which include:
Replaced southern 1285’ of Runway18L/36R.
Start and completion date: April 4, 2011 - June 29, 2011
Construction cost: $6.8 million
Replaced northern 1240’ of Runway18L/36R.
Start and completion date: Feb. 27, 2012 - June 11, 2012
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