Gary airport completes project that closed main runway

May 22, 2018

Credit Gary-Chicago International Airport

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The Gary/Chicago International Airport has reopened its main runway after a three-week closure to rebuild much of it.

Airport officials say crews were able to complete work for the $7.9 million runway project on Saturday. The project involved replacing the aging asphalt with concrete on about 4,000 feet of the nearly 9,000-foot-long main runway, along with installing new storm drain piping.

The Gary airport says the project increases the runway's weight limit and allows it to handle larger planes. Crews completed the runway work a day ahead of schedule.

The airport about 25 miles southeast of downtown Chicago is also expecting to open this summer a new customs facility, allowing travelers to fly into Gary from outside the country without having to stop somewhere else to clear customs.