The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority proposes to undertake improvements to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The proposed project includes enhancements to the Runway Safety Areas (RSA) that would involve relocation of the Runway 1 threshold by 300 feet to the south, extension of taxiway pavement to the relocated threshold, relocation of the glide slope antenna and approach lights for Runway 1-19, and rerouting an existing service road. Related improvements include relocation and expansion of an aircraft hold apron and resurfacing of Runway 1-19. 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 June 24, 2009, 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 downloaded below for review:

Due to the size of the document the download links have been separated by section:

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) and the Airports Authority have agreed to use the NEPA process to conduct the required Section 106 consultation for this project; comments received from the VDHR will be included in the Final EA.

The Airports Authority invites the public to attend a public information workshop that will be held on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 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. This notice and graphics of the project site may be previewed by clicking below

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Airport Environs Proposed Action

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 All comments must be received no later than 5:00 pm Eastern Time on July 27, 2009.