Work to begin on Reagan Airport runway

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The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is scheduled on Monday night to begin work on a resurfacing of the main north-south runway at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

The work, which authorities said will require nightly closures of the runway between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. through 2011, marks the first time the 1 1/3- mile asphalt runway has been milled and resurfaced since 1990.

The project will also include fixing a taxiway near the runway and replacing runway lighting and an approach light pier in the Potomac River.

Officials said the timing of the work has been coordinated so that the runway can still be used during the daytime hours when the airport is open.

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