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  1. I believe the release said that most of the funding will be coming from Federal grants and such.
  2. 8R/26L (the south runway) and 17/35 (the north/south runway) are built to handle air carriers; in other words, they handle the regular GRR passenger traffic which consists of a good deal of regional jets, and of late more and more 737 and A320 family traffic. 757s are not an uncommon occurrence at the airport these days either. They're built to withstand the weight of large jets, and to provide adequate room for takeoff and landing (8R/26L is 10,000 feet long, I believe; 17/35 might be a bit shorter). 8L/26R is a much shorter runway suitable for general aviation (your cessna/diamond star/beechcraft propeller-driven planes) and perhaps a bit of business traffic. I'd be impressed if GRR ever reached the point where they needed a second air carrier runway on the north side of the field...
  3. UP needs to lease that sucker and set up constant surveillance of the site.
  4. A few photos from the other day: 20 Fulton E - May 9, 2017 by Marc VM, on Flickr 20 Fulton E - May 9, 2017 by Marc VM, on Flickr 20 Fulton E - May 9, 2017 by Marc VM, on Flickr Three cheers for the prospect of having that sidewalk open again, btw.
  5. Brandon Bird has done a fantastic job commemorating the architectural contributions of Sears.
  6. I believe the long term plans for GRR involve expanding 8R/26L involve lengthening it and upgrading its capacity to handle commercial traffic. If you look at the 2004 master plan, it's pretty clear that they've mapped out the space for a third air-carrier runway. GRR 2004 Master Plan by Marc VM, on Flickr
  7. I doubt anything would happen before they made a move to rebuild 8R/26L. You'd have to tear up the runway to build the tunnel anyway, plus you have to go around the north tarmac and the flight services up there. I would also imagine that it will be significantly more costly to do at GRR than over at Holland, which is a tiny airport in comparison.
  8. Just for the record, the tower crane is gone. Any others on the horizon in downtown GR for us to look forward to?
  9. A few pics of the Viewing Area expansion: IMG_4607.jpg by Marc VM, on Flickr IMG_4608.jpg by Marc VM, on Flickr IMG_4606.jpg by Marc VM, on Flickr IMG_4605.jpg by Marc VM, on Flickr IMG_4601.jpg by Marc VM, on Flickr
  10. Yes. The big crane that they used to put it up is assembled and ready to take it down.
  11. I think the real news here is that there was once a franchise restaurant called “Mr. Ham and Mr. Beef.”
  12. Flew that route on Northwest once. I believe Lansing has that route now as well.
  13. I like the idea of combining Venice-style gondolas with the restored rapids, but that's just because I like to see people fall out of boats.
  14. sparky05

    UP Meetup

    I'll try to drop by...
  15. Cool beans. It's a really lovely expanse of dirt and gravel right now. Look forward to seeing something get started there...
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