***""I think they need to increase the size of the airport.......add some more runways and make the runways better/easier to use (i.e. such as LAX
)..it's so archaic there!""***
Thats the ultimate plan to build SIX parallel runways all running east/west, but you aren't going to build a runway overnight as long as people from nearby Elk Grove (i think) and Bensonville are protesting along with other nearby communities. The plan calls for a new Runway 10R/28L that would run through the suburb of Bensonville to the south of the airport. In the process houses would have to be leveled. 10C/28C which would be the parallel next to what is currently 9R
/27L (to be renumbered 10L/28R) would mean that several of those cargo buildings on the southwest side of the airport would probably have to be relocated, if not they would not have proper separation in IFR conditions.
Stage ONE of the plan calls for a new runway 9L
/27R, it would be built on the extreme north end of the property, but in the meantime several hangars and other things would have to be cleared to make way. You can't build a runway in a year and obviously working on that runway would be interfering with operations on Runway 4L/22R and possibly Runway 16L/34R.
Stage two I think creates a new Runway 9C
/27C (current 9L
/27R actually becomes 9R
/27L) and Runway 10C/28C.
This is going to go through debates for many years. ORD
officials aren't expecting this project to be completed until 2018. What do we do for the next 14 years?