The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday it has approved a $15 billion project to expand the delay-plagued O'Hare International Airport by rearranging and adding runways - a plan that requires destruction of hundreds of homes.
"O'Hare is now cleared for takeoff," FAA administrator Marion C. Blakey said.
She said the project would cut O'Hare delays by about two-thirds. Safety would increase, she said, because the new airport layout would roughly halve the number of planes crossing active runways.
The eight-year plan calls for reconfiguring intersecting runways to a design of six parallel and two diagonal runways, which planners say would make it easier for planes to take off and land.