Runway "Shortened"

Well, I feel kind of stoopid asking this because I am a student pilot, but here goes. I’m listing to JFK tower on live ATC, and I hear the controller clear a plane to land on runway 31L shortened. What does the shortened mean, it was an A330 so it wasn’t because it was tiny…
Thanks!

It means that the remaining runway is most likely under construction or other work going on on the runway. The full length of the runway is not utilized.

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Odd, because the rest seem to be lining up almost at the end
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Nope. Thats normal. You’re looking at the wrong end. 31L shortened at the end of the runway. Near the “13R” markings. It’ll stay shortened until June 1, 2017.

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Here is a little guidance from the FAAO 7110.65, the Air Traffic Control regulation I use:


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