Planes will soon be taking off and landing on Evansville Regional Airport’s third runway. It’s expected to reopen next week after being closed for months of renovation.
The upgrade means the runway will now meet federal standards. Evansville-Vanderburgh Airport Authority Director Doug Joest said the original runway was too close to U.S. 41.
Before the construction, railroad tracks were relocated, some residential area was taken, roundabouts were built and roads were reconfigured. Community leaders say it caused complaints, but believe the pay off will be worth it.
Officials said the runway should be open next week. The Federal Aviation Administration first has to do flight tests to make sure all electronics on the runway are working properly.