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Runway relocation project underway at EVV

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The final phase of the Evansville Regional Airport runway project will be getting underway this week. 

The next phase of the project will close one of the two runways, but the construction won't affect flights or traffic in the area. 

Two runways at the airport intersect, and new FAA safety standards prohibit that intersection. Crews are essentially taking the portion of the runway that intersects and moving it to the other end. This will also shift the runway further away from Highway 41 and St. George Road. 
     
During construction, all flights will use the north-south runway. The airport will still have the same number of flights with the same types of airplanes. Passengers shouldn't notice a difference. 
     
But the project is making a big difference in the local economy. 

"We're very excited. With this project, about $62 million of it is from federal and state funds. It's money coming into our community to make improvements, but it's also providing at peak times, about 75 to 100 people working on this project. We'll have between 50 to 75 large trucks and pieces of equipment out here and most of the contractors working on this are local," says Dianna Page with EVV.

Those local crews will be working 20 hour days to get the project completed as quickly as possible. The new runway should be open in August to smaller planes and will be certified for all planes by September.

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