Yesterday I went out to the airport and sat at two different driveway areas off the north side of Brookpark Road.
The new runway, 6L/24R, was in service and fully operational. The old 6L/24R, now called 6C/24C, is closed and will be resigned as a taxiway once there is no more need for it (6L/24R will get another 2,000 ft. before construction is finished.)
Last night ops were from the northeast landing on 24R, departing 24L. I had a prime spot sitting up on the hill north of Brookpark Road on a driveway to the fenced in area where the VASI will be placed. Landing aircraft couldn't have been more than 100 ft. above me as they passed over, especially because I was a good twenty feet above the road grade. Good thing I had my windows closed, because I was hootin' and hollerin' at the thrill of it! For those of you who might be interested in this spot, let me warn you now:
While there are no signs saying "Authorized entry only," "No entry," "Do not enter," "No parking," etc. etc. etc., there is also no guarantee that you won't be detained and questioned by the cops if you sit where I went. Also the drive is one-and-one-half car widths and has no shoulder; the ground around it is soft mud about four inches below the asphalt surface, there is steep ground on both sides, and there is no asphalt turnaround. Two cars at the same time will cause significant maneouvring difficulties.
The other place I found is basically right level with Brookpark Road, which is the access drive to the VASI for 6R/24L. You can sit right next to one of the VASI towers and departing aircraft are straight in front of you and take off straight away from you. The same warning applies as above; this spot is much more visible to cops on the road. The only advantage to this spot is that there is an asphalt tongue on which to turn around, so you have less risk of getting stuck in the mud.
Here's the new airport diagram:
And the frequencies for the new runway are available at this site:
Thanks to AirNav and the FAA for the additional info.
Careful spotting out there,