Hundreds of planes will be rerouted over the next few weeks while the runway of Greenwood Municipal Airport is lengthened.
Construction on the $1.1 million project started Monday. Planes aren’t allowed to take off or land while work takes place, and the airport will remain closed through Sept. 27.
The city-run airport at County Line Road and Emerson Avenue will close again for a few days in October and again in early November, while workers complete the finishing touches.
Airport manager Ralph Hill said the project will put a stop to the 70 takeoffs and landings at the airport on an average day, because there’s only one runway. But the airport is expected to get busier almost immediately after the construction is complete because a longer runway will appeal to more pilots.