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Charlotte-Doouglas (CLT) New Runway Progress  
User currently offlineSLCUT2777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 4072 posts, RR: 11
Posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6158 times:

In March 2007, construction began on the new western parallel runway at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT). As of the summer of 2008 when the latest USDA/NAIP imagery was flown, this is the progress of the grading for the 9,000' sliver of concrete to be designated runway 18R-36L:



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User currently offlineAdipasqu From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6116 times:

Does CLT really have enough traffic issues/delays to warrant a third parallel runway?


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User currently offlineC010T3 From Brazil, joined Jul 2006, 3704 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6099 times:

Are there any plans to extend runway 5/23?

User currently offlinePITrules From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3203 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6080 times:



Quoting Adipasqu (Reply 1):

Does CLT really have enough traffic issues/delays to warrant a third parallel runway?

A long time ago.



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User currently offlineKcrwflyer From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3817 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6071 times:



Quoting Adipasqu (Reply 1):
Are there any plans to extend runway 5/23?

What for? They can land almost anything on it.


User currently offlineC010T3 From Brazil, joined Jul 2006, 3704 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6062 times:



Quoting Kcrwflyer (Reply 4):
What for? They can land almost anything on it.

There are some widebodies that could use a little more runway to take off at MTOW than the three parallel ones can offer.


User currently offlinePITrules From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3203 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6050 times:



Quoting C010T3 (Reply 5):
There are some widebodies that could use a little more runway to take off at MTOW than the three parallel ones can offer

18C/36C is being extended. It will be at least 12,000' long.



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User currently offlineC010T3 From Brazil, joined Jul 2006, 3704 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6031 times:



Quoting PITrules (Reply 6):

18C/36C is being extended. It will be at least 12,000' long.

That's good enough for me. Thanks for the info.


User currently offlineCV880 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1132 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6014 times:



Quoting C010T3 (Reply 7):
18C/36C is being extended. It will be at least 12,000' long.

That's good enough for me. Thanks for the info.

I emailed someone someone in airport management about 6mos ago as the environmental impact studies have been done and FAA approval granted, but from the reply, it sounded like the extension of 18C/36C was on the back burner for awhile. Would make sense to extend 5-23 to use as a taxiway between the runways and as an alternative departure runway for long haul takeoffs when needed.


User currently offlineRyeFly From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1396 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5961 times:

The new runway is coming a long nicely. I was just there two weeks ago and had a good view upon landing. The taxiways are paved. The runway is still a work in progress. From what I understand it was ahead of schedule this past winter thanks to a severe drought we had here last summer in Charlotte. It was not uncommon to see a orange cloud over the airport due to the amount of exposed dirt being blown around because it was so dry. As far as I know now it remains on schedule to open some time in October this year for VFR conditions only until further equipment can be installed for IFR approval. CLT does have enough traffic to warrant the new runway. I have witnessed many times massive backups of planes waiting for takeoff on both runways at the same time.

On a side note, one interesting fact that not to many people know about is during grading for the runway, a new 48 story skyscraper downtown was also starting construction. A 100 foot-deep hole was excavated for a below grade parking garage there. Just over 60,000 dump truck loads of debris was sent from downtown to the airport and used to level the land for the new runway.


User currently offlineSPREE34 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5817 times:



Quoting Adipasqu (Reply 1):
Does CLT really have enough traffic issues/delays to warrant a third parallel runway?

Occasionally. Why wait until it's a constant problem to start the solution. This way CLT will never become another LGA/EWR/JFK/ORD/ATL/LAX etc etc etc



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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23027 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5817 times:



Quoting C010T3 (Reply 5):
There are some widebodies that could use a little more runway to take off at MTOW than the three parallel ones can offer.

I don't know that anything that serves CLT (332 soon, 333, 343, 346, 762) has or has had problems, though. It helps that all the flights are well within the range of each aircraft (no Asia flying). When AF served CVG, they'd often use 18L for takeoff despite the availability of two longer runways.



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User currently offlineAT777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5587 times:

I was actually out there the past 2 days.
Since I was out there a month or so ago, they have demolished that mx building across the runway from the other mx buildings.
They are also building something at the N end of 18C/36C. It looks like they are building a couple of bridges so I don't know if they are building a road or what.
Now I go to the overview there at CLT. Is there any word that they are closing that, building a new one or keeping that one? I've heard over a ear ago that they are closing it but now they've put a new sign telling you where it's at. I hope it's still there when I get out of boot camp in 13 weeks! That's my favorite spot to go think and just relax!


User currently offlineTheGMan From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 670 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5531 times:



Quoting AT777 (Reply 12):
They are also building something at the N end of 18C/36C. It looks like they are building a couple of bridges so I don't know if they are building a road or what.

The bridges are for the taxiway. I think a road is going to go under them. The grand plan is to relocate Charlotte's intermodal facility to space between 18C/36C and 18R/36L.


User currently offlineSLCUT2777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 4072 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5471 times:



Quoting SPREE34 (Reply 10):
Why wait until it's a constant problem to start the solution. This way CLT will never become another

Which is why SLC has a 4th parallel runway now in their master plan that will take out the eastern half of the International Center.

Quoting AT777 (Reply 12):
was actually out there the past 2 days.
Since I was out there a month or so ago, they have demolished that mx building across the runway from the other mx buildings.

It is pretty amazing to compare this 2008 image with the imagery currently loaded into Google Earth. Since the USDA/Farm Service Agency has a contract with Google (notice the disclaimer down at the bottom) you should see this imagery updated before too much longer. I think the current imagery dates to 2006 if it is from my agency.



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