Good for Buffalo! Having a 7,000'+ crosswind runway will be a good safety improvement. And some additional length on 5-23 never hurts either. Thanks for all the info, Dan!
Would that we could expand our crosswind runway at Rochester. At 5,500' it's far less than ideal. Interstate 390 hems in the 28 end pretty closely, and an eight-rail Conrail switching yard hems in the other.
Monroe County determined during the 1980's that they could safely add 350' at the 28 end an 300' at the 10 end, but for some reason it was never done. A few years ago Monroe County constructed a 1000' soft-rubbery overrun zone at the 10 end (the vast majority of 10-28 arrivals touch down on the 28 end). They could still do the short 28 improvement, don't know why they haven't.
The better course of action would be for the county to move the rail yard a couple miles south. Most of the land immediately to the west of rwy 4-22 is county controlled. Then they could have eminent-domained the undeveloped land off the end of 10 all the way to Fisher Road, and extended 10-28 to about 7,500'. That would provide the kind of safe crosswind runway a medium-size air carrier airport needs.
But, alas, we enthusiasts aren't in charge of such decisions.