The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) today announced that preparations will begin for the installation of an Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) at the end of Runway 22R beginning Monday, May 23, 2005. EMAS, which is an engineered bed of ultra-light, crushable concrete blocks, is designed to slow an aircraft that has overrun the end of a runway. EMAS increases airport runway safety protecting people and aircraft in the case of an emergency. The system will be installed on the existing airport land mass, and will not intrude into the surrounding water. Weather permitting, installation of the EMAS should take approximately 30 days to complete. The work hours are scheduled to take place from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM, Sunday through Friday. Day work may be possible, depending on wind patterns and the availability of the runway. In addition, there will be construction work performed during one weekend at the start of the project. All project activities will take place on Logan’s airfield and construction vehicles will be required to use designated highway routes and will not be permitted to travel on neighborhood streets to access the site. For general information on this project, please call Massport’s Office of Government and Community Affairs at 617-568-3711 (Monday -Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM).