Downtown airport construction to affect Richards Road

Construction at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport may disrupt plans of joggers, bikers and some morning rush-hour travelers starting Monday.

The work will close the southbound side of Richards Road, which forms the eastern side of the road that loops the airport. The road parallels U.S. 169 and some rush hour drivers use it to bypass traffic on the highway.

Starting at 9 a.m. Monday, the southbound lane of Richards Road will be closed, forcing traffic for both directions to share one lane. The work is expected to last about four days.

Airport officials also are advising against biking and jogging at the airport during the work.

Crews will be working on a water main connection for a garage and training center being built at 410 Richard Road. Weather had delayed the work originally scheduled for early this month.