Date: Apr 25, 2013
Press Release Number: 40-2013
Project anticipated to generate more than $300 million in regional economic activity and create nearly 1,000 jobs while enhancing runway safety areas
The Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners has authorized $202.9 million for a series of runway improvement projects at LaGuardia Airport that will benefit the region with more than 900 jobs, $62 million in wages and $301 million in economic activity.
Nearly three-quarters of the authorization will cover the costs of enhancing the existing platform decks for LaGuardia’s two runways to accommodate two new arrestor beds.
The arrestor beds, which are compressible concrete zones, will safely slow planes in the rare instances they go beyond the designated landing area. The FAA allows the installation of them at the end of runways at older airports, including LaGuardia, due to limited available real estate. Two arrestor beds are already in place at LaGuardia and others are in use at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and Teterboro airports.
The enhanced runway safety zones for the ends of LaGuardia’s Runways 13 and 22 will meet the December 2015 timeline for congressionally mandated changes to the Federal Aviation Administration’s current runway requirements.
Approximately 11,000 people work at LaGuardia Airport, with activity there supporting roughly 18,000 regional aviation jobs in total. Annually, the airport contributes nearly $12 billion in economic activity to the metropolitan region, while generating approximately 87,000 regional jobs and $4.3 billion in annual wages.
“As a vital gateway to the New York metropolitan area, the safe and efficient movement of people and goods through LaGuardia Airport is a top priority of the Port Authority,” said Port Authority Chairman David Samson. “In addition to ensuring our compliance with the FAA’s standards for runway safety, these projects also advance the Port Authority’s goal of increasing operational capacity and reducing congestion at our airports to accommodate the region’s anticipated growth in air travel demand.”
“This is an important step in our ongoing commitment to the region’s aviation infrastructure,’’ said Port Authority Vice Chairman Scott Rechler. “These improvements will enhance operations at LaGuardia and are vital to ensuring LaGuardia Airport retains its longstanding place as a vital component in the metropolitan area’s transportation network.”
The overall project also includes a $57.5 million estimated outlay to create a continuous restricted vehicle service road on the airport’s southern side to reduce the number of airport vehicles that cross one of LaGuardia’s runways.
The agency expects to award contracts for the platform deck enhancements and arrestor bed work later this year, with work to be completed before the end of 2015. The agency expects to award a contract for the service road project next year, with completion of that work in the second half of 2017.
The FAA already has approved the collection of $161.9 million from airport passenger facility charges (PFCs) to cover the costs of the program. The Port Authority also will seek to recover the remaining roughly $42 million in program costs from the Passenger Facility Charge Fund, with any non-reimbursed costs covered by airport flight fees.
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