East-West runway at LPSIA being relocated to improve runway - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/15/10

East-West runway at LPSIA being relocated to improve runway traffic

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The East-West runway at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport is in the process of being relocated and it affects buried utility lines that connect with Lake Meredith.

The runway is being relocated 2,000 feet to the east, so it will no longer intersect with the North-South Runway. This project will allow for improved traffic flow for inbound and outbound aircraft.

The City of Lubbock is working closely with officials from the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority. Crews are working 24 hours a day this week to complete the necessary tie in to reinstate the water line. During this process, the Bailey County well field is being used to meet the demands of water usage.

Officials are not anticipating any disruptions in water service, and water customers should not see any difference in their water supply. The tie in process is expected to be completed by Friday morning.

The $60 million runway improvement project is expected to be completed by 2012, and is paid for with FAA grants and passenger facility charges.

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