Sorry if this has been previously covered. According to this article, "Their massive $159.5-million bridge structure will permit the runway to cross over Interstate 285, allowing planes to take off and land literally atop the busy road."
Looks like it will be ready in May 2006. Is there any other "runway bridge" anywhere in the world?
Doesn't IAH have one??? I am pretty sure it does.
I remember the one at Stapleton DEN before it closed. It was neat to pull over and watch the planes land right on top of you. When you would be under it the tunnel would roar when a plane came over it. GREAT FUN!
I have heard that when they lengthen the runway at CAE. Whenever that is, the road that is at the end of the runway now will actually be under the runway. I haven't heard anything recently so I am not sure what is going on with that project. I know that the last time that I went through there they were doing some construction on that road.
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But what makes this project unique is the fact that it is such a large road they are spanning. But the way the runway will be set up, you really won't be able to see the planes land, but there will be a taxiway bridge that be visible from I-285, and once the fifth runway opens up, there will be some great new photos to be taken @ ATL.
That new runway looks pretty far away from the terminal complex. That is going to be a looooooooooong taxi so i am sure pilots will hate it.
It won't be so long of a taxi to the new South Terminal complex that will be built near the new runway (planned to be built by 2010). Rumor has it that this new terminal will be for AirTran operations primarily.
AMS has one giant tunnel complex under the beginning of runway 27. This includes highway A4, parallel highway exchanges, local roads and bus roads, totalling 18 lanes [not including pedestrian/bicycle lanes].
On this photo you can see highway A4 circling from the bottom right, turning left under runway 27 into the main terminal island. Notice the special hardened shoulders along the runway where it intersects with the highway tunnel. Also a four track rail line runs under runway 27, connecting onto a six-platform underground railway station under the main terminal.
Could runway bridges be terrorist targets? What would happen if a terrorist drove a truck under the bridge as a plane was taxiing or rolling and then blew it up? I would think the concrete is pretty thick though so maybe it would have no effet at all.
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I live about ten minutes away from KATL and i see the contruction almost every day, its pretty awesome to see what they are doing. the runway bridge contruction is massive. The reason why they changed Hartsfield to Hartsfield-Jackson is that former mayor Jackson recently passed away so the city of atlanta thought it fitting to re-name the airport. Mayor Jackson was a very important man in atlanta history, as well as Mayor Hartsfield was.
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Could runway bridges be terrorist targets? What would happen if a terrorist drove a truck under the bridge as a plane was taxiing or rolling and then blew it up? I would think the concrete is pretty thick though so maybe it would have no effect at all.
These bridges and tunnels are pretty stout and would require a very large amount of explosives to even inflict severe damage.
From the AJC article I linked above:
Kahn noted that an innovative type of high-strength concrete is being used. It is 2 1/2 times stronger than concrete typically used in commercial buildings.