Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has signed an agreement with the city’s major airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a $1.3bn infrastructure project at the O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois.
The project will include the construction of a new runway (Runway 9C/27C), de-icing pads as well as other critical airfield projects.
With a length of 11,245ft and a width of 200ft, Runway 9C/27C will be the second largest runway at the airport.
The runway will be built at a cost of $648.5m, and is anticipated to be commissioned in 2020. It will be used for arriving and departing aircraft, offering improved flexibility for east and west flow operations.
The project will include a new centralised de-icing facility to boost the efficiency of the existing de-icing operations at individual gates. It will enhance gate utilisation and terminal capacity, phase out secondary deicing for departing planes, and improve runway safety.
Work will involve the construction of a new crossfield Taxiway system that will link the north and south airfields. It will also include relocation of fuel supply lines and airline support facilities, as well as perimeter Taxiways A and B.