This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
With airports experiencing a downturn in traffic due to the Covid-19 crisis, many have chosen to take advantage of the lull by accelerating planned infrastructure projects. Massport, which operates Boston Logan International Airport, has elected to begin a runway rehabilitation project on the gateway’s Runway 9/27, which it originally slated to begin at the end of August, following what would typically be a busy summer travel season.
Instead, the work on the 7,001-foot runway, the fourth-longest at the airport, will commence on May 26 and involve its full closure for several weeks.
The project, to be conducted in phases, will include new pavement; installation of new electrical infrastructure, including energy-efficient LED lighting; drainage improvements to eliminate ponding of standing water; and realignment of Taxiway D1 at the Runway 27 end to conform with current FAA safety standards.
Based on a projected schedule of 73 days, the newly-improved runway will reopen in early August.