Airport set to extend runway; road to close|
Beginning Oct. 2, Bartram Avenue between Island Avenue and Scott Way, near the Philadelphia International Airport, will be designated as State Route 291. The redesignation of the state highway will result from the closure of a half-mile portion of the existing Route 291 that runs parallel to Interstate 95 adjacent to the airport. The roadway will be shut down on Oct. 1 at 10 p.m. to make way for the Runway 17-35 project, which will extend the airport's north-south runway by 1,040 feet. The Runway 17-35 extension project is scheduled to take 18 months. The added surface will enable narrow-body and regional jets that account for 75 percent of aircraft operations at PHL to use the runway, thereby alleviating congestion and delays on the airport's two major runways.