Environmental Award for Detroit Runway Reconstruction

After an award winning refurbishment project, Detroit's Runway 31L/21R reopened on November 21. (DTW)

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) has announced that the ongoing reconstruction of Runway 3L/21R and associated taxiways at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (IATA: DTW) has received the Envision® Gold award for sustainable infrastructure.

This $180 million project is reconstructing Runway 3L/21R and parallel Taxiway M and partial parallel Taxiway P. These facilities were originally constructed in the 1950s and had deteriorated to a point where full reconstruction was necessary. As part of this task, decommissioned pavement is being removed, geometry is being updated to current design standards, bypass taxiways are being added, and Taxiway P is being extended. These measures are expected to improve safety by reducing acute angle intersections, adding shoulder pavement, and improving the operational flow throughout the completed area.

In 2016, WCAA entered the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) Program to track, report on, and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As part of this effort, WCAA signed a Carbon Reduction Commitment to reduce GHG emissions by 10% by 2020, using 2013 as the baseline year. The Airport Authority said it has achieved its goal one year early and is in the process of setting a new target.