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The summer of noise is winding down at the Anchorage airport

  • Author: Bill Roth
  • Updated: September 9
  • Published September 7

A Polar Air Cargo Boeing 747-400 freighter takes off to the north from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. A majority of the aircraft are now taking off over the water. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Much of Anchorage experienced a noisy summer of increased air traffic as one of the main runways at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport was under construction.

The north-south runway is undergoing a two-year rehabilitation project. Up to 175 jets a day were flying east over the city this summer as they departed.

A majority of the aircraft are now taking off over the water, but some level of increased noise will remain through early October, which marks the end of the construction season. The north-south runway will return to full operations for the winter.

The north-south runway will be completely closed again next summer (from late March / early April until the middle of October) during Phase III of the runway rehabilitation project, and air traffic will resume taking off to the east over the city.

Warren Taylor and his daughter Ayden, 3, visitors from Nashville, watch a UPS cargo plane take off to the north from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. (Bill Roth / ADN)

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