|View of how O'Hare airport will look after the modernization project is complete. Taken from Chicago's own publications about the project.|
Yahoo! News, September 30, 2005: The
Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday it has approved a $15 billion project to expand the delay-plagued O'Hare International Airport by reconfiguring the runways Ś a plan that requires destruction of hundreds of homes.
"O'Hare is now cleared for takeoff," FAA administrator Marion C. Blakey said in a teleconference from Washington. "This means more flights, much better on-time performance for literally millions of Americans around the country."
The FAA had informed the city before making the announcement, Blakey said, and the city had heavy equipment in place.
"We will start work today," said Roderick Drew, spokesman for the city's O'Hare Modernization Program.