Runway Rehabilitation & Closure

Photo of airport runway.

  1. Runway closure ▼
  2. Project description ▼

The Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO) will be rehabilitating Runway 3/21 in September 2022. This important asphalt maintenance project will extend the life of the runway surface, ensuring safe and uninterrupted airport operations at DRO can continue for years before additional runway maintenance is required.  As a single runway airport, construction for this project will have significant operational impacts.

A full runway closure is planned for:
Wednesday, Sept. 7 - Friday, Sept. 16, 2022

During this 10-day period, the runway will be closed to all fixed-wing aircraft takeoffs and landings, including commercial airline, firefighting, and emergency medical operations. Airlines will not be selling tickets for travel during this period.

The airport and its engineering team have designed the project and runway closure to occur for the shortest duration possible, and airport staff have worked diligently to find a timeframe when this closure will have the smallest cumulative impact on the surrounding community. There is truly no good time to close a runway, but the airport has worked with many local organizations to arrive at this timeframe, which falls after Labor Day and peak summer travel and wildfire seasons, as well as major local festivals and events.

Travelers may consider alternate air travel options during the 10-day runway closure. Regional airports with commercial airline service include Cortez Municipal Airport (CEZ), Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ), and Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ).