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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 are minimized.

The Maryland Aviation Administration is currently undertaking a major airfield improvement program intended to meet the Federal Runway Safety Area Compliance Mandate by the end of 2015.  The mandate requires that all commercial airport runways meet FAA standards for safety area dimension, grading and frangibility.  At BWI this will require major grading efforts on the perimeter of Runway 10-28 and 15L-33R.  It is not feasible to provide a standard RSA for Runway 15R-33L in its present configuration, therefore both thresholds of the runway will have to be displaced to provide adequate RSA length.  The displacements will therefore require 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 will be decommissioned following the completion of the program after being used sporadically throughout the program when the other air carrier runways are to be closed for construction.

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

Finally, in order to maximize potential Federal Funding, MAA will have to address several standards deficiencies throughout the airfield as different elements are sequenced for either RSA or pavement improvements.  JMT's has been responsible for compiling and sequencing the RSA Program in order to address all three needs while ensuring that impacts to airfield operations are minimized.

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

  • 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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