A major construction project is underway at the Region of Waterloo International Airport.

Crews have been working day and night for about a week, ripping up 5,200′ of the airport’s 7,000′ main runway.

Airport General Manager, Chris Wood, says it’s been a short but extreme project with work expected to wrap up by May 12th. “It was nearing the end of it’s useful life,” he says of the runway.

Wood tells 570 News, as the airport has grown, so has the need for repairs. “WestJet is operating quite heavy aircraft on it daily. That did reduce the expected life we thought we had out of the runway. But, none the less, we’re taking this opportunity to strengthen it so that will not happen in the future.”

The local airport is one of the 20 busiest in the country and they’re planning for more growth. Wood says they intend to offer more commercial services, like American Eagle, which begins flights to Chicago on June 14th.

570′s Tiffany Hendsbee got a first hand look at the work being done…