|Quoting N766UA (Reply 5):
Speaking of what's up with ATL... where the heck did 26L go?
It's still there.... sort of. It is being rebuilt at the cost of $96 million and will be shut down until until November. The notam is below.
A0595/06 (09/027) - RUNWAY CLOSED 08R/26L UNTIL 08 NOV 06:30
The main impact of 8R-26L being closed is that it completely disrupts the ground traffic flow at the airport. On the south side, aircraft must cross runways to get to/from the concourses. Once visibility and/or ceilings drop below a certain level, aircraft must land on 9R
-27L instead of 9L
-27R because there is not enough separation between 9L
-27R and 10-28 for simultaneous ILS approaches. The radar that is supposed to monitor the approaches to allow for simultaneous approaches to these two runways is not commissioned yet since in needs some time for "burn in" and testing before it can be put into use. Therefore, departing aircraft must cross 9L
-27R between landing traffic to use 9R
-27L or 10-28 for takeoff.
On the north side, 8L
-26R is being used primarily for departures unless there is a peak of inbound traffic in which case departures must be staggered with arrivals. This can and has caused significant delays for westbound and northbound departures, especially if you throw in some wx like what happened this morning.
We had taxi out times this morning between 1000-1200L of one and a half to two hours due to wx and the runway closure. This also caused gridlock on the ramp since the traffic flow pattern was all screwed up. I saw up to eight aircraft at a time lined up on the ramp between concourses C and D waiting for their turn to taxi to the runway. Also, due to the outragous taxi delays, the ATC wheels up times for all the return flights were shot. It was utter chaos even the wx was not really that bad compared to other IROP days. The radar failure in the afternoon just added insult to injury.
Here is a recent photo of ATL
which clearly shows the work on 8R-26L in progress.
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Photo © Gary Chambers
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