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Friday, September 30, 2011

FAA Approves BDR Runway Safety Zone

FAA on Wednesday approved a plan by Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford, Conn., to install a runway safety zone. Airport officials are now seeking state and local approval to redesign nearby streets, the next step in a ten-year approval process.

The approved project will add a safety area made of pliable material, which will stop aircraft that fail to properly land before overrunning into the city's Main Street. The safety area would be 300 feet long and 120 feet wide, which would require part of the street to be realigned. The road would be moved east and elevated to reduce roadway flooding.

Bridgeport, the city that owns the airport, has advocated for safety improvements. Airport officials in Stratford have fought runway expansion saying that the town needs to give the airport permission for the extension on the land.

The public voiced environmental concerns that the runway, which up to this point did not meet FAA standards, would pose a risk to surrounding animals and habitats. FAA determined in its Record of Decision (ROD) the expansion would pose no such threat.

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