Topic is O’Hare. Not exactly General Aviation, but probably of interest to our many Chicago area members.
Back in Nov in this thread there was a discussion of O’Hare’s runway layout past, present, and future. The discussion kicks off right about here:
Anyhow, I haven’t been to O’Hare myself since Mar 2020 just as COVID was cranking up. It was an eerie trip through a ghost town. So I had not realized that the new runway they’d been working on was opened in Nov 2020. I just found out a few days ago. Oops.
Here’s an article and pretty good pic of what’s most recently changed.
The old O’Hare I started my airline career with had 3 pairs of overlapping runways going in 3 different directions, plus one oddball cutting across the rest. O’Hare is now 6 parallel runways, 3 of which are much longer than in the Olde Dayes, plus 2 diagonals used only rarely, and only for departures. Three of the old ones are comprehensively gone, and one is now an otherwise indistinguishable taxiway.
As of today the wiki
has a picture at the top showing the latest runway under construction and the diagram down below is the current configuration with that runway in use.
Post 1484 in this thread links to a great historical slideshow.