Upgrade work on Runway 28R, originally slated for 2022, took advantage of reduced flight activity
SFO recently completed a major improvement project on Runway 28R, taking advantage of the current reduction in flight activity to finish the project more than two years ahead of schedule. Originally slated for 2022, the runway officially re-opened on Thursday, October 15th.
The project repaved a section of Runway 28R, where it intersects with two other runways, 1L and 1R. This required the closure of two of SFO’s four runways for a period of 7 days, from October 9 – October 15, 2020.
SFO officials chose to advance the construction project to this current period of reduced flight activity, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to reduce the extent of delays and cancellations caused by the runway closures.
The project required 13,500 man-hours to complete, with work taking place around the clock. Over this time, 1,600 truckloads of materials, totaling 30,000 tons, were moved from the runway and 7,200 feet of conduit and 12,000 feet of wire were installed. The total paving area was 13 acres, equivalent to 10 football fields.