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BWI Airport Runway Safety Area Pavement Management

Location: BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, Maryland Client: Maryland Aviation Administration

JMT was responsible for compiling and sequencing the Runway Safety Area (RSA) Program in order to address MAA's needs while ensuring that impacts to airfield operations were minimized.

The Maryland Aviation Administration undertook a major airfield improvement program with the intention to meet the Federal Runway Safety Area Compliance Mandate. The mandate required that all commercial airport runways meet FAA standards for safety area dimension, grading, and frangibility. At BWI, this required major grading efforts on the perimeter of Runway 10-28 and 15L-33R. It was not feasible to provide a standard RSA for Runway 15R-33L in its existing configuration, therefore both thresholds of the runway had to be displaced to provide adequate RSA length. The displacements required relocation of all of the Navigational Aids (NAVAIDS) and approach lighting systems (ALS) as well as the establishment of new approach procedures to the runway. Finally, Runway 4-22 was decommissioned following the completion of the program after being used sporadically throughout the program when the other air carrier runways were closed for construction.

In addition to the RSA improvements, MAA addressed pavement rehabilitation needs throughout the airfield. The careful programming and phasing of those runway, taxiway, and apron improvements were critical to the overall program. As RSA improvements were under construction, corresponding pavement rehabilitations were phased in order to minimize impacts to airfield operations.

Finally, in order to maximize potential federal funding, MAA addressed several standards deficiencies throughout the airfield as different elements were sequenced for either RSA or pavement improvements. JMT was responsible for compiling and sequencing the RSA Program in order to address all three needs while ensuring that impacts to airfield operations were minimized.

JMT's responsibilities throughout the duration of the program included:

  • Consultant Management
  • Design Reviews and QA/QC 
  • FAA Coordination and Grant Administration
  • Environmental Assessment Preparation Support and QA/QC
  • Capital Program Budget Development 
  • Cost Estimate Review
  • Program Scheduling and Project Scheduling Review
  • Document Distribution and Coordination
  • Value Engineering/Peer Review Sessions
  • Constructability and Quality Reviews
  • Permit Coordination
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