SFO Runway to Close for 20-Day Reconstruction, Flight Delays Expected

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 09: Travelers sit on a bench at San Francisco International Airport on September 09, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Hundreds of departing and arriving flights at San Francisco International Airport have been cancelled or significantly delayed each day since September 7 as a planned $16.2 million runway renovation project gets underway. The project is expected to be finished by September 27. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A San Francisco International Airport runway is simply on the calendar to close Saturday for a 20-day remodel venture and the authorities are encouraging air visitors to anticipate that deferrals and drivers should anticipate higher traffic.

Runway 28L will shit down at 12:01 a.m. Saturday to make way for crews to quickly begin removal of the surface to ensure the installation of a new base layer.

During the work, a huge volume of construction trucks will enter and leave the site, with a normal ascent in rush hour gridlock content at the convergence of Millbrae Avenue and Old Bayshore Highway.

SFO Runway to Close for 20-Day Reconstruction, Flight Delays Expected
SFO Runway to Close for 20-Day Reconstruction, Flight Delays Expected

“At the peak of the renovation activities, up to 600 truck deliveries will be expected in a period of one day,” the airport said in an announcement. Flaggers and airport police officials will undertake traffic control during construction, which might require closures of some lanes.

Motorists have Ben advised to allow extra travel time in the area or take detours. The runway will be expected to reopen on Friday, Sept. 27. The cost of the federally funded project will touch around $16.2 million.

During the work, the airport will reduce the hours of its program to maximize nighttime flights across the water and away from land and populated areas. The program will stop at 6 a.m. instead of its usual 7 a.m. to reduce delays by paving way for extra use of runways 1L and 1R for outgoing flights. The change will be expected to affect about 26 flights every 24 hours during the closure.

“Airlines have paired up with SFO to reduce their flight schedules to reduce the duration of delays voluntarily,” the airport said. “Along with reductions from various non-airline flight operations, all flights at SFO have been decreased by 13 percent during the 20-day period of the runway 28L closure.”

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Airlines have also alternated some schedules to decrease demand during peak schedule.


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