Public Notice - April 26, 2012

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NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY

RONALD REAGAN WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT

FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT,
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT RECORD OF DECISION FOR
RUNWAY 4-22 AND RUNWAY 15-33 RUNWAY SAFETY AREA
AND RELATED IMPROVEMENTS

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) proposes to undertake Runway Safety Area (RSA) and related improvements to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The Proposed Action for Runway 4-22 involves: extending the Runway 4 end by 460 feet to the southwest; relocating the Runway 4 threshold by 260 feet to the southwest; using declared distances of 4,400 feet for take-offs from and landings on Runway 22, effectively reducing the length of runway available for take-offs from and landings on Runway 22 by 511 feet; reducing the length of runway available for landings on Runway 4 to 4,800 feet, a reduction of 111 feet; increasing the length of runway available for take-offs from Runway 4 to 5,000 feet, an increase of 89 feet; extending Taxiway B to the relocated Runway 4 end; installing an engineered materials arresting system (EMAS) at the existing Runway 22 end capable of stopping the critical design aircraft that overruns Runway 4 and exits the Runway at speeds up to 70 knots; relocating the Runway 22 end 371 feet to the southwest; and, constructing a new taxiway connector to the relocated Runway 22 end. The Proposed Action for Runway 15-33 involves: shifting the Runway 270 feet to the southeast; maintaining the existing Runway length of 5,204 feet; installing EMAS at the relocated Runway 15 end capable of stopping the critical design aircraft that overruns Runway 33 and exits the Runway at speeds up to 70 knots; installing EMAS at the relocated Runway 33 end capable of stopping the critical design aircraft that overruns Runway 15 and exits the Runway at speeds up to 40 knots; constructing new taxiway connectors to the relocated runway ends; and placing approximately 5.3 acres of fill in the Potomac River to support the Runway 15 RSA and EMAS. The Proposed Action also involves: relocating the visual glide slope indicators (VGSIs) for Runway 22, 15, and 33; installing a new VGSI to the Runway 4 end; relocating the Runway End Identifier Lights for all four runway ends; rerouting existing service roads; and, grading and stabilizing soil in the RSAs.

Although the Proposed Action would encroach upon a 100-year floodplain, due to the large storage capacity of this unconstrained tidal floodplain, the Proposed Action would have negligible impacts to the lateral extent, depth, or duration of flooding, and would not increase flood risk at the Airport or on adjacent properties upstream or downstream of the Airport. There are no practicable alternatives that would fulfill the purpose of and need for the Proposed Action and avoid encroachment upon the floodplains.

In conformance with the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act, MWAA has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA).  After careful consideration of the information contained in the Final EA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has determined that significant environmental effects will not result from the proposed action.  Therefore, the FAA has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) Record of Decision (ROD).

Beginning April 26, 2012, the Final EA and FONSI ROD will be available for public review during business hours at the following locations: Arlington County Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St, Arlington, VA 22201; and Aurora Hills Branch Library, 735 S. 18th St, Arlington, VA, 22202.  The Final EA and FONSI ROD can also be viewed by clicking the links below.

Please direct any requests for the Final EA and FONSI ROD, or any comments or questions on those documents to:
William C. Lebegern
Planning Department
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
One Aviation Circle
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Washington, DC 20001-6000

Documents Available for Download (PDF Format)

Volume 1 - Documentation

Front Cover / Signature Page / Back Cover

FAA Finding of No Significant Impact Record of Decision

Table of Contents

List of Acronyms and Glossary


Volume 2 - List of Appendices

Front Cover / Inside Cover / Back Cover

Table of Contents