A 21st Century Update for Chicago

Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is the world's busiest airport, but also is one of the most delayed. This article describes the O'Hare Modernization Program, which was first announced in 2001 and is now nearing official federal approval. The program would reconfigure the airport's outdated intersecting runway system into a modern, parallel runway configuration, substantially reducing delays and increasing capacity to meet future growth. The modernization program consists of: the construction of one new runway, the relocation of three existing runways and the extension of two other runways; a new terminal and related facilities to accommodate up to 60 new gates as well as a new entrance; an automated people mover system; wetlands mitigation and land acquisition; and on-airport access roads. A sustainable design manual was developed as part of the program as a way to incorporate "green" concepts during construction. Once final federal approval is received, expected in September 2005, ground-breaking on the airport expansion will commence immediately.


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  • Accession Number: 01010535
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 22 2005 7:44PM