Chicago-O’Hare New Runway Set to Open Next October
Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport will soon be able to complete the construction of a new runway, Runway 10C/28C, which should be operational by October 2013. The new runway, which is part of the $8 billion O’Hare Modernization Program, is being built partially on land formerly owned by the St. John United Church of Christ in Bensenville. It is being designed to accommodate new and larger aircraft such as the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental and the Airbus A380.
The church’s five-acre parcel included the two-acre St. Johannes Cemetery, which was established in 1849. Approximately 1,500 individuals were interred in the German church’s burial ground and their remains were reburied at cemeteries in the Chicagoland area at a cost of $17 million. The city of Chicago had won control over the land in 2010 but it was unable to come to an agreement with the church on a dollar amount for the land’s value until the past week, when a settlement was brokered by DuPage County Judge Hollis Webster.
Once the O’Hare Modernization Program has been completed, the airport will have a total of eight runways, six east-west parallel runways and two crosswind runways, according to the city’s website. In addition to the new runways, the O’Hare Modernization Program calls for an extension to an existing runway, Runway 9R/27L.
O’Hare, built in the early 1940s, first opened to commercial passenger flights in 1955. It is named after Edward O’Hare, the United States Navy’s first flying ace.