The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) today announced the periodic closure of Runway 22L as part of Boston Logan International Airport’s annual maintenance, construction and resurfacing program. Starting September 7, and running through late October, Runway 22L will be closed for construction during various time periods throughout the project. Certain construction activities will occur at night and on weekends with weekend closures expected, subject to weather and operational conditions. Massport annually engages in regular maintenance of Boston Logan’s airfield to ensure runways and taxiways are safe and operational in all weather conditions.
During the closures, and depending on wind and weather conditions, other runway configurations will be used to accommodate operations at Boston Logan. As a result, residents from neighboring communities may experience an increase or decrease in the number of over flights during the project. All project activities will take place on Boston Logan’s airfield and Massport will work closely with contractors to reduce noise and other construction impacts on nearby communities. Construction vehicles will also use designated highway routes.
Runway 22L resurfacing includes the use of so-called “warm mix’’ asphalt which is heated to between 250 and 275 degrees, some 75 to 50 degrees less than traditional “hot mix” asphalt. The difference on this project will result in the reduction of nearly 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide, the savings of about 200,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and produce an energy savings of about 26.4 billion Btus. Another environmental benefit is up to 20 percent of the new asphalt will be made from recycled asphalt.
For information on specific changes in runway usage, please call Massport’s Noise Complaint Line at 617-561-3333 during Noise Abatement Office hours of Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Noise Complaint Line will continue to be available to receive noise complaints 24 hours per day, seven days per week. For general information on these projects, please call Massport’s Office of Government and Community Affairs at 617-568-3711 during regular business hours