The IAA will share periodic construction updates, giving a birds' eye view of the progress and showing the full extent of this massive runway construction project.
- $190 million construction project (covering all three phases)
- Creating more than 2,700 jobs
- To date, more than $14.2 million has been spent with more than 15 diverse businesses
- IAA has secured more than $100 million for the project through FAA Airport Improvement Program grants
Sustainability Highlights & Environmental Impact
- Reducing energy consumption with LED airfield lighting and signage
- Conserving resources and materials, including recycled concrete to be used in runway base
- Reducing emissions and fuel use during construction and operation
- FAA-approved concrete mix design that includes carbon sequestration technology
- Reducing traffic impacts on local roads by performing concrete crushing and other construction activities on site
- Mitigating for noise, light, and visual impacts on surrounding properties
- Pursuing ENVISION certification that ensures the delivery of infrastructure that tackles climate change, addresses public health needs, creates jobs, and spurs economic recovery
Advancing Women in Transportation
The IAA hosted a tour with the Indianapolis Chapter of WTS International (Advancing Women in Transportation) featuring some of the female leads on this historic project.Learn about WTS Indianapolis
Young Innovators Quest
Through the Diversity & Innovation Institute, the IAA hosted a tour with the Young Innovators Quest (YiQ) program providing an opportunity for high school students interested in STEM to learn more about this project.
INDOT Graduate Program
The IAA hosted a tour with members from the INDOT Office of Aviation, Multimodal Division, and Graduate Engineer Development program to learn more about this project.
Additional Insight into the S Runway Reconstruction
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Runway 5R/23L began operations in 1989 and has been appropriately maintained and rehabilitated in the more than three decades of its use. However, the pavement has reached the end of its useful life and requires reconstruction.
Overall, the reconstruction of this runway is a three-year project broken down into three phases. We're currently in the first phase, with work anticipated to be complete by the end of October 2022. Construction in 2023 and 2024 is anticipated between April and October of each year.
The IAA has worked tirelessly with project partners, airline carriers, FAA Air Traffic Control, and more to ensure no disruption in service at IND. During the first construction phase, while Runway 5R-23L is temporarily closed, aircraft will use the airport’s runways (5L/23R) and (14/32).
From now to approximately late October 2022, runway 5R-23L will be temporarily closed for reconstruction. As a result, aircraft will use the airport’s runways (5L/23R) and (14/32). The increased use of these runways may cause some citizens to notice more aircraft in the skies near their homes or business.
To reach the IAA to provide a noise comment, please call 317.487.5000.
The existing runway pavement is being removed down to the dirt. Then, the top 8 inches are stabilized to provide a solid platform for building the rest of the section. The new runway pavement comprises 6 inches of recycled stone, 5 inches of asphalt, 22 inches of concrete, and dowel bars to tie the concrete together and provide load transfer. The entire pavement section acts as one cohesive unit.
To put it into perspective, the project will use enough concrete to replace the smallest pyramid in Giza, which is equivalent to building a two-lane highway from Indianapolis to Terre Haute.