Airport runway construction begins, pushing planes over South Hill

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 11, 2011 at 6:15 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 11 at 6:20 AM

SPOKANE – Changes start Monday at Spokane International Airport, and you don’t need to book a flight to notice the difference.

Work is already underway on the first phase of a construction project.  Mandatory FAA regulations require changes to the airport’s main runway.  The runway closes Monday morning so crews can start construction to improve the line of sight.  Because of the closure, the airport will divert air traffic to an alternate runway, and that means landing planes have to fly over Spokane’s South Hill.

Construction crews are also working to improve parking at the airport.  Anyone planning to park there will notice detour signs re-directing them.  Also, the outside parking entrance will be down to only one lane so crews can start demolishing the parking canopy.

Phase one of both the runway and parking projects should be finished by Friday.  The construction on the runway will continue into late October.

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