Cleveland Airport Runway Construction Running Late

CLEVELAND (AP) - The opening of a new runway at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport will likely be delayed a year.

The city was supposed to move Brookpark Road by August because it's in the way of the planned runway, which had been scheduled to open in June. Officials, however, have not yet gotten bids on the 10-month project, and airport chief Reuben Shepherd said that the earliest the runway could open is April 2003.

Mike Dolan, who is head of the City Council's Airport Committee, said that he blames Cleveland Mayor Michael White for the delay, saying White has had the authority to move the road for 16 months, and has had the money for it since February.

Shepherd is blaming drawn-out negotiations over a piece of land needed to re-route Brookpark Road.

Dolan said that the city should have just seized the land through eminent domain.

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