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Main Charleston airport runway to shut down for reconstruction June 18

Charleston International Airport and Air Force Base will be down to one runway on June 18.

That’s when construction will begin on the main 9,000-foot runway, which will be closed for nine to 12 months to all air traffic.

DWG and Associates of Colorado Springs, Colo., will perform the work on the $50 million project.

The Air Force owns the runways at the airport, which serve both the 437th Airlift Wing and Charleston International.

Portions of the main runway were built in the 1940s and it is nearing the end of its lifespan, according to the Air Force.

“In order to maintain safe flight operations for military and commercial traffic, the runway will undergo a complete reconstruction,” the Air Force said in a press release.

During reconstruction, all air traffic will use the secondary runway.

Airport officials do not expect any interruptions in service during reconstruction.

(Read more in Wednesday’s editions of The Post and Courier.)

Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or

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