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DEN's Runways Originally Shorter  
User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2133 times:

Hey guys, looking through Google Maps, I notice that on 35L at DEN, there are old chevron markings and a threshold visible. It appears that the runway length from there is about 8000ft. I never knew DEN's runways were anything but their current length. Anyone care to explain whats going on here?

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=commer...86&spn=0.008229,0.011952&t=k&hl=en

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User currently offlineCapt.Fantastic From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2102 times:

hmmm ... not sure what to make of this. Although, given the altitude of DEN, I seriously doubt DEN had even planned on an 8,000 ft runway - too short

User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8273 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2086 times:

Maybe the opened the first 8000 ft. first while they were still doing construction. They did that here in CLE.


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User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2075 times:

Thinking back to when the airport first opened is it possible that they planned to be able to open the runway at 8k feet then extend it as the others came online?

User currently offlineVxg From United States of America, joined May 2004, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2070 times:

Wow that is a sharp observation. I'm a nut for looking at airports in google maps just like the next guy on a.net but I don't think I'd have ever noticed that.

My best guess would be that the threshold was displaced at some point due to construction or repair work & the chevrons were drawn at that time. Once the repair was completed they were removed.

VxG


User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2047 times:

Anybody have any idea when this might've happened? It was obviously after the entire runway was paved or they wouldn't have had anything to paint the chevrons on...

User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6836 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1862 times:

"I never knew DEN's runways were anything but their current length."

You remember they had no 16000-ft runway when they opened.


User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1838 times:

None of DEN's runways were anything but their current length, including the 16000 ft runway.

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User currently offlineLightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 13139 posts, RR: 100
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1788 times:
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Quoting Vxg (Reply 4):
Wow that is a sharp observation. I'm a nut for looking at airports in google maps just like the next guy on a.net but I don't think I'd have ever noticed that.

 rotfl 

I was sitting here, agreeing while nodding my head  goodvibes and then I realized what my girlfriend would think of that statement!  yuck 

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User currently offlineUnited737522 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1700 times:

I took a look at some other images. I noticed the marks are non-existant in images from 1999, but the most recent, April 24, 2002 have them. The same google images can be found at http://terraserver.microsoft.com in higher resolution.

Why shorten a runway by almost 1/4? Maybe it is an error on the map. If anyone has some 35L photos, I would like to see them.


User currently offlineYtib From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 574 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1679 times:

Runway 17R-35L was shorten for a brief period in 2002 to complete the construction of taxiway EA as it connects directly with the runway.

If you head towards south to the end of the runway, the construction activities due to the dirt and new concrete are noticable. This seems to be towards the end of the construction.

One of the last items done when they built Rwy 16L/34R, was to close 16R/34L for a brief time to install the cross taxiway lighting, signage, etc.


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