TULSA, Okla. - The main, 10,000 foot runway at Tulsa International Airport was shut down this morning so workers can begin a 6-month reconstruction project.
Until the project is completed, airlines will be forced to use TIA's 7,376 foot long east-west runway.
KRMG is told that the impact to airlines should be minimal, however passengers could experience delays or cancellations when weather conditions prohibit the use of the crosswind (east-west) runway.
Those are generally when northerly or southerly winds exceed 25 knots, when the cloud ceiling is below 500’ or when visibility is less than 1.5 miles.
Airport officials say it's the third out of four phases of a $55 million project to completely reconstruct the airport's main runway.
The airport anticipates the third phase of the project to finish in June.
The most complex and disruptive part of the project involves the reconstruction of the intersection of Runway 18L/36R and Runway 08/26. This phase is scheduled for construction in 2014.