Louisiana Airport Moves Ahead with Runway Expansion

 - January 11, 2019, 12:11 PM

Louisiana’s Shreveport Airport Authority has kicked off construction on a runway extension for the secondary runway at Shreveport Regional Airport. The $9.1 million project will add 850 feet to Runway 6/24, bringing it to more than 7,000 feet. The work, paid for by airport improvement grants from the FAA and the state Department of Transportation, will also include a similar extension for Taxiway C. It is expected to take 18 months to complete.

The authority will also soon launch a secondary runway and taxiway expansion at Shreveport Downtown Airport to improve safety conditions and enhance operations. To reduce the risk of runway incursions, it will displace the western end of Runway 5/23 by 200 feet, and extend the eastern end by 1,200 feet, making its new total length 4,200 feet. Combined, the two projects will cost more than $16 million in grants.

“The FAA and LADOT both recognize that both airports are huge assets to the community,” said Mark Crawford, the authority’s marketing and public relations manager. “This investment will help continue to fuel economic development growth in Shreveport and the Ark-La-Tex region.”