Why are they taking the runway down? Are they doing maintenance or repaving or something?
We're doing a complete reconstruction of the runway, and most of the parallel taxiway. We did the same thing with 1/19 last fall.
Maybe you guys will fix that ditch in runway 10 thats right around the 1000' markers. Everytime I do a takeoff I get my spine compressed.
That 'ditch' exists because the State of Louisiana, in their infinite wisdom, insisted that we build a tunnel underneath the runway while we were extending the runway back in the late 80's. They wanted to provide for a future connection from Airline Highway to Veterans Blvd on the west end of the field. To date, the state has not come up with the needed funds to complete the road. The tunnel remains sealed off to this day. Blame the state for that one, not the airport.
...they shut the runway down to work on that a couple of months ago. Unfortunately, it's a persistant problem (unsettled ground) that's existed for quite a while, and will probably present itself once again.
The problem is actually that the area around the tunnel is what settles over time. The concrete over the tunnel hasn't budged an inch in 15 years. Consequently, the paved areas abutting the surface over the tunnel can get some very annoysome bumps/edges. We have to go back every few years, and mill and repave both sides. Again, blame the state's DOT.
I recall seeing some video that one of our consultants took years ago, showing a CO MD
-80 departing runway 10.....once he reached the tunnel, the nose wheel actually came off the ground, plopped back down, and repeated the process on the far side of the tunnel. I also recalled an AA
DC-10 pilot commenting that the 'dip' (as we call it) was like an E-ticket ride at Disneyland.
Tom at MSY
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina