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.