2 San Francisco airport runways to reopen Sunday

(AP)

Two runways closed for upgrades at San Francisco International Airport will be reopened Sunday because crews finished their work ahead of schedule.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1oiQEO6 ) officials announced Thursday that the early reopening should reduce non-weather-related delays at the Bay Area’s busiest airport.

Construction on runways 1L and 1R was supposed to last through mid-September. Work began in May.

Crews installed collapsible pavement meant to stop runaway planes from careening off the tarmac.

The updates were part of a Federal Aviation Administration safety mandate.

According to SFO officials, the project cost $223 million ?$3 million less than budgeted.

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