Main Runway Reopens at TUL

TULSA, Oklahoma –June 21, 2013 – The primary commercial service runway at Tulsa International Airport reopened today following six months of work to reconstruct 6900’ of the 9,999’ runway.  The $20.3M project was the third phase in a multi-phased effort to completely reconstruct the 18” thick runway, which was last reconstructed in 1982.


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.  Commercial airlines used the airport’s crosswind runway throughout the project, significantly altering aircraft traffic patterns but having little impact on airline operations. 


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 $55M.  The project is predominantly funded by Federal Aviation Administration grants. 



Phase 1:  Replaced southern 1285’ of Runway18L/36R. 

Start date:  April 4, 2011                 

Completion date:  June 29, 2011             

Construction cost: $6.8M


Phase 2: Replaced northern 1240’ of Runway18L/36R.

Start date:  February 27, 2012      

Completion date:  June 11, 2012             

Construction cost: $7M


Phase 3: Replaced 6900’ of Runway 18L/36R.

Start date:  January 3, 2013          

Completion date:  June 21, 2013             

Est. construction cost: $20.3M


Phase 4: Intersection reconstruction of Runway 18L/36R and Runway 08/26. 

The most complex and disruptive to airport operations, this phase is scheduled for construction in 2014.

January 8, 2013. Crews break up concrete along Runway 18L/36R in order to remove the 30 year old sections of concrete. 250 Million pounds of concrete were crushed and used as fill for airport property instead of being disposed in a landfill.

Contractors poured nearly 60,000 cubic yards of concrete to form the new runway surface. Runway lighting, pavement markings, and several signs also had to be replaced as part of the project.

June 20, 2013