Runway extension proposed in Tulsa International Airport master plan

August 17, 2017


A draft of the Tulsa International Airport master plan includes a proposal to extend a runway at the airport by 2,200 feet over the Gilcrease Expressway.
A draft of the Tulsa International Airport master plan includes a proposal to extend a runway at the airport by 2,200 feet over the Gilcrease Expressway.

Extending a runway over the Gilcrease Expressway is one of several proposals in the draft of a master plan for Tulsa International Airport that is being considered by the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust.

Under that proposal, the north-south runway on the west side of the airport could be lengthened to serve as a secondary runway for airlines, as well as for general aviation planes.

By bridging a section of Oklahoma 11 just east of Sheridan Road, the runway could be extended 2,200 feet from its present 6,100 feet, according to the proposal.

The current east-west runway — now the secondary runway for airliners — could be closed, and there would be no need for a third north-south runway east of Mingo Road, which has been under consideration for decades and is still listed as a possibility in the new plan.

The draft of the master plan was prepared by Mead & Hunt for $828,300, 90 percent of which was paid with a Federal Aviation Administration grant. The 435-page draft is divided into seven chapters, and includes a 73-page recycling plan.

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