June 9, 2014 2:26 pm

Work on Winnipeg airport runway on schedule

Roughly 100 people are working seven days a week to repave the airport's longer runway.

Tamara Forlanski / Global News

WINNIPEG – If you’ve noticed more aircraft noise in some areas of Winnipeg, relief is on the way.

Runway rehabilitation work at James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is on schedule and is set to wrap up at the end of July. The airport’s longer runway has been closed since the end of April to resurface all 3,352 metres. That means all aircraft have to take off and land on a runway with a flight path over southeast Winnipeg.

“River Heights and Fort Garry would normally see around 10 per cent of aircraft overnight,” said the Winnipeg Airports Authority’s Felicia Wiltshire. “Depending on where the wind is coming from, they’re now seeing 100 per cent.”

The airport said the work is absolutely necessary. Any crack or pothole could put planes and their passengers at risk.

The last time the runway was resurfaced was in 2003. Roughly 100 people are working on the $8.2-million project seven days a week.

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