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DUMP TRUCKS TO BEGIN HAULING DIRT TO AIRPORT

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A convoy of 35-ton dump trucks will begin an 18-month marathon Monday on Wasatch Front freeways, hauling dirt from a gravel pit on Beck Street to the Salt Lake International Airport.

Approximately every two minutes for 10 hours each day, a truck will leave the Monroc Inc. plant on Beck Street for the airport. Airport director Louis Miller said another 10-hour shift will be added some time later this year."It sounds like a lot of trucks, but when you think about it, you see that many trucks on the freeways now," he said.

About 6.5 million tons of fill material will be hauled to the airport to raise a proposed runway 3 feet and protect it from the high water table.

The 12,000-foot-long west runway will cost about $118 million and should be ready for use in late 1995. Miller said it will enable the airport to accommodate simultaneous landings and takeoffs during poor weather conditions.

Trucking the dirt and fill raised some environmental and safety concerns, but Miller said the Airport Authority has studied the effects and found them negligible. The hauling won't take place between 7-9 a.m. or 4-6 p.m.