Airport should re-open east runway later this month - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Airport should re-open east runway later this month

Posted: Updated:
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

An 8-thousand-500-foot runway at the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport has been closed for repair almost two years now, but that should change by the end of May.

The east runway was supposed to have been completed in 2011, but the airport authority ran into trouble with the contractor about the asphalt and whether it would hold up to the Yazoo clay in the area.  

It took some legal action to finally get the $12 million project completed.  

Dirk Vanderleest, Chief Executive Officer of the Jackson Airport Authority is thrilled to get the east runway back in operation, giving Jackson an instrument landing system in both directions.

"Our target date now is the end of the month," said Vanderleest. "We have still got some parts on order that will be here next week. And then we have got to also do some additional testing of our lights and then the final check list item is the FAA runway check, lights system, ils."

For the past two years, Jackson has only had an instrument runway in one  direction.  Vanderleest said the city had been lucky in that time.

"We only had one time I believe, Southwest had to divert to New Orleans, because of the low ceiling, but hopefully by the end of this month we should be 100 per cent up and we will have two parallel runways operating if will be good for air traffic," said Vanderleest. "Then we can handle more traffic coming in and out of Jackson."

Copyright 2013 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Two teens charged with Gulfport man's murder

    Two teens charged with Gulfport man's murder

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:00:30 GMT
    Two Gulfport teens are charged with murder after police say they shot Lamont Hayes in his home last week and left him to die.More >>
    Two Gulfport teens are charged with murder after police say they shot Lamont Hayes in his home last week and left him to die. Monday night, investigators tracked down Jalen Shaquille Williams, 19, and arrested him at his home. Rashad Rejohn Johnson, 17, was arrested Monday at the Harrison County Juvenile Detention Facility, where he was being held on an unrelated charge.More >>
  • Two more Singing River Health System clinics set to close

    Two more Singing River Health System clinics set to close

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:10:42 GMT
    Singing River Health System has announced the closure of two more primary care clinics as part of a realignment program. The Gautier and D'Iberville facilities will close August 29.
    More >>
    We will rebound. That's Singing River Health System CEO Kevin Holland's response to the announcement that two clinics are closing in South Mississippi. Those facilities are in Gautier and D'Iberville. Holland said it's also unfortunate that several people will lose their jobs because of the closings.More >>
  • Coroner: Gulfport murder victim was shot in the groin

    Coroner: Gulfport murder victim was shot in the groin

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-07-24 10:54:09 GMT
    According to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, Lamont Hayes, 41, was shot in the groin area and bled to death just a few hours later Tuesday night.More >>
    An area of Gulfport still reeling from the brutal murder of a child last week was hit with another violent death Tuesday night. According to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, Lamont Hayes, 41, was shot in the groin area and bled to death just a few hours later.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.