Runway 10-28, one of the major commercial runways at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, reopened on November 19 following months of major construction work. The runway was temporarily closed in late August as part of a comprehensive series of airfield improvements. The closure was necessary in order to complete pavement work, taxiway improvements, and installation of new navigational equipment as required by the US Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Ricky Smith, Chief Executive Officer of BWI Marshall Airport commented: “This multi-year effort will help ensure the operational safety and efficiency of the BWI Marshall airfield. I want to thank the local community for the patience and support during the runway closure. I also want to thank the BWI Marshall staff, the construction companies, the airlines, and the FAA for their partnership and close collaboration on this highly complicated work.”
Since 2010, BWI Marshall has carried out a number of major airfield improvement projects, including Runway Safety Area (RSA) improvements mandated by the US Congress. Airports across the country must meet updated federal RSA standards by the end of 2015. All BWI Marshall Airport runways now meet the updated FAA criteria for RSAs.
The approximately US$350 million overall airfield programme includes: runway pavement reconstruction, grading, airfield lighting improvements, taxiway upgrades, installation of new navigational aids, and other associated projects. Funding for the work includes approximately US$230 million in passenger facility charge revenues, an anticipated US$95 million in federal funding, and US$25 million from the Maryland Transportation Trust Fund.