The skies above Destin have been a bit quieter lately, as work on the runway at Destin Airport is under way and flights are being routed to nearby airports.



Okaloosa County Airports Director Greg Donovan has said in the past that the 5,000-foot runway hasn't seen a major improvements since 1963, when it was originally constructed. The entire runway will be replaced, in addition to guidance lights and edge lights.



Runway 14-32 closed at 9 p.m. Feb. 4 and will reopen at 6 a.m. Feb. 12. During the closure, no takeoffs or landings by fixed-wing aircraft will be permitted, according to information provided to The Log. There are no plans "to re-designate" a taxiway as a runway during this project.



During the closure, pilots can use Bob Sikes Airport in Crestview, which is the closest option, at 23-miles, and has complete services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Peter Prince Airport in Milton (35 miles from Destin) and the DeFuniak Springs Airport (26 miles) away, are other options, but both are limited in what size aircraft they can accommodate, Donovan said.



Nearby roadways will also be impacted by the project. The right-hand, northbound lane of Airport Road (beginning at the Commons Drive intersection and continuing approximately 1,500 feet north) will remain closed until 7 a.m. on Feb. 12. The airport’s contractor will be using the closed lane to move trucks to and from the construction site.



Motorists can expect delays and should exercise caution in this area.