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Upgrades to close Logan runway for summer

Posted by guest  April 26, 2012 03:51 PM

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One of the runways at Logan International Airport will be closed for the summer to undergo $93 million worth of improvements, including resurfacing the 10,083-foot structure and extending the safety area at the end of it.

The safety project will increase the existing concrete material area at the end of the runway from 188 feet to 600 feet, extending into Boston Harbor on a concrete deck supported by concrete pilings. The project will put the runway in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration standards designed to reduce damage to planes that undershoot or overshoot the runway.

The airport only operates three of its six runways at one time in the best wind and weather conditions; all of the other runways’ safety areas comply with FAA standards. Construction will take place from May to November -- with the runway closed completely between mid-June and late September -- and create 150 construction jobs, according to the Massachusetts Port Authority, which runs Logan.

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