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Runway reopens at BWI Marshall after reconstruction project

A primary commercial runway at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Runway 15R-33L, reopened on Saturday following months of major construction.

As part of a multi-year, comprehensive series of airfield improvements, the runway was temporarily closed in July for the reconstruction project.

Since 2010, BWI Marshall has carried out a number of major airfield improvement projects, including runway safety area (RSA) changes mandated by US Congress.

Airports across the country must meet updated federal RSA standards by the end of 2015, and the airport’s commercial runways now meet the updated RSA standards, a year before the federal deadline.

RSA’s are the surfaces surrounding airport runways that provide important safety margins for arriving and departing aircraft, and final construction activities associated with the Runway 15R-33L project will continue through the end of 2014, and work will require additional temporary closures of the runway.

As with any major airfield construction project, scheduled construction dates are subject to change based on weather conditions or other variables.

Paul J. Wiedefeld, CEO for BWI Marshall, says: “This is an important milestone in our lengthy program that is essentially creating a new airfield. I want to acknowledge our staff, the construction contractors, the airlines, and the FAA for their partnership and hard work.

“I also want to thank our local communities for their patience during the construction.”

BWI Marshall has worked closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and airlines to co-ordinate the construction, and next year, the final work on the overall BWI Marshall airfield programme will be completed.

The approximate $350 million airfield programme includes runway pavement reconstruction, grading, airfield lighting improvements, taxiway upgrades, enhancements to navigational aids, and other associated projects.

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