PUBLIC NOTICE: Dec 03, 2010; Also See UPDATE Below

RONALD REAGAN WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT
RUNWAY 4-22 and RUNWAY 15-33
RUNWAY SAFETY AREA ENHANCEMENTS
DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AVAILABLE
FOR REVIEW AND COMMENT

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority proposes to undertake improvements to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The proposed project includes enhancements to the Runway Safety Area (RSA) for Runway 4-22 that would involve shifting the Runway to the southwest and installing an engineered material arresting system (EMAS) at the northeast end of the Runway. The proposed project includes enhancements to the RSA for Runway 15-33 that would involve shifting the Runway to the southeast and installing EMAS at both Runway ends. Existing taxiway pavement would be extended to the relocated runway ends and existing service roads would be rerouted. EMAS uses materials of closely controlled strength and density at the end of a runway to stop or greatly slow an aircraft that overruns the runway. A portion of the proposed project will be within the 100-year floodplain. The RSA enhancements are required to bring the RSA into compliance with FAA Order 5200.8, Runway Safety Area Program, and related FAA orders. This program is intended to provide an enhanced measure of safety for aircraft taking off from and landing on the runway.

As an integral part of the planning for this project, a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) was prepared to evaluate existing conditions and potential environmental effects. The Draft EA addresses the environmental consequences of the Proposed Action (Build Alternatives) and No Build Alternative, as well as other issues including noise, air quality, water quality, historic, architectural, archaeological and cultural resources, visual impacts, floodplains and wetlands. The Draft (EA) was prepared pursuant to the requirements and guidelines of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Order 1050.1E, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, FAA Order 5050.4B, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Implementing Instructions for Airport Actions, and the FAA Environmental Desk Reference for Airport Actions.

Beginning December 3, 2010, the Draft EA will be available for public review during business hours at the following locations: Arlington County Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St, Arlington, VA 22201; Aurora Hills Branch Library, 735 S. 18th St, Arlington, VA, 22202; and Federal Aviation Administration, Washington Airports District Office, 23723 Air Freight Lane, Suite 210, Dulles, Virginia, 20166. The Draft EA can also be reviewed by clicking on the links at the bottom of this notice.

This public review and comment period is also being conducted pursuant to the 1987 Programmatic Memorandum of Agreement among the FAA, the Virginia State Historic Preservation Officer and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (as regards Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 – 36 CFR 800). The Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR) has determined that the proposed project would not have an adverse effect on historic resources.

The Airports Authority invites the public to attend a public information workshop that will be held on January 5, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Historic Main Terminal adjacent to Terminal A at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Representatives from the Airports Authority and its Consultant Team will be available to answer questions throughout the public workshop, and graphics will be on display illustrating the Airport, the FAA’s RSA program, the purpose and need for the proposed improvements, alternatives considered, the Airports Authority’s preferred RSA alternative, the EA process, and the schedules for the EA and implementation of the preferred alternative.

Those interested in attending the public workshop who have special communication or accommodation needs are encouraged to contact Steve Muench of Ricondo & Associates, Inc. at (703) 519-2181, x209 at least 2 days prior to the workshop. Every reasonable effort to accommodate special needs will be made.

Written comments on the Draft EA may be submitted to Charles Baummer, Planning Department, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, One Aviation Circle, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington, DC 20001-6000, or by e-mail to environmental.comments@mwaa.com. All comments must be received no later than 5:00 PM, January 21, 2011.

UPDATE - February 2011

RONALD REAGAN WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT
RUNWAYS 4-22 AND 15-33 RUNWAY SAFETY AREA ENHANCEMENTS
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
EXTENSION OF REVIEW AND COMMENT PERIOD

As detailed in a public notice released on December 3, 2010, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority proposes to undertake Runway Safety Area (RSA) enhancements for Runways 4-22 and 15-33 at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. A Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate existing conditions and potential environmental effects was made available to the public for review and comment on December 3, 2010.

Due to several requests for additional review time, the public comment period has been extended through Monday, March 7, 2011. The Draft EA is available for public review during business hours at the following locations: Arlington County Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St, Arlington, VA 22201; Aurora Hills Branch Library, 735 S. 18th St, Arlington, VA, 22202; and Federal Aviation Administration, Washington Airports District Office, 23723 Air Freight Lane, Suite 210, Dulles, Virginia, 20166. The Draft EA can also be reviewed by clicking the links below.

Written comments on the Draft EA may be submitted to Charles Baummer, Planning Department, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, One Aviation Circle, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington, DC 20001-6000, or by e-mail to environmental.comments@mwaa.com. All comments must be received no later than 5:00 PM, Monday, March 7, 2011.