The Gary/Chicago International Airport has re-opened its main runway. The $7 million project to convert nearly 3,300 feet of asphalt runway to concrete started at the beginning of this month.
Representatives say the project work crews worked 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, completing the project a day before it was scheduled to be done.
The rehabilitation project also included raising the grade of the runway by 13 inches over its initial height, raising edge lighting and centerline lights to better access points.
“We are tremendously proud we completed this project on time and under budget, especially given the significant weather conditions we faced earlier this month,” said Duane Hayden, Executive Director of the Gary / Chicago International Airport, in a news release. “The earlier-than-anticipated completion of the main runway is a testament to strong project management and effective coordination as our team worked around the clock to complete these repairs.”