SFO to shut runway for 15 days 

San Francisco International Airport will shut down one of its departure runways for 15 days starting Friday to allow for repaving, officials said Wednesday.

The closure could cause airplanes to be rerouted for overland departures during periods of congestion, possibly increasing flight noise.

After the initial shutdown, night work will continue for about five months, San Francisco International Airport spokesman Mike McCarron said in a prepared statement.

The airport's noise-monitoring office and local elected officials

on the Airport's Roundtable board, which monitors noise and

complaints from residents, have both been notified, McCarron said.

During high-traffic periods planes could be routed through "the gap," over Daly City, or along the shoreline, McCarron said.

"The closure and repaving is the beginning of a 150-day, $12.6 million project that will not only repave the entire length of the runway, but replace all of the runway and taxiway lighting systems, and widen the shoulders of the adjacent taxiways," McCarron said.

The last time the runway was repaved was about 10 years ago, the average life for such paving jobs, McCarron said.

Airport officials, working with the Federal Aviation Administration and airlines, expect minimal service impacts, although shutting down for such an extended period of time is unusual.

The project will use approximately 70,000 tons of asphalt during the resurfacing, airport officials said.

ecarpenter@examiner.com

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