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Massport to Begin Phase 2 of Runway Safety Work at Worcester Regional Airport

Massport to Begin Phase 2 of Runway Safety Work at Worcester Regional Airport

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) will soon begin work on the second phase of the Runway 11-29 Rehabilitation Project at Worcester Regional Airport, which will rehabilitate the easterly half of the runway. Construction is scheduled to start August 21, and finish by early November 2023.

Runway 11-29 is one of two runways at Worcester Regional. At 7,000 feet, it is the main runway and the only one available during low visibility operations using the CAT-III Instrument Landing System. Consistent with FAA requirements, the project will improve runway safety by replacing the degraded pavement as well as the runway lights with energy efficient LED fixtures. This project will also eliminate the need for costly maintenance. Also, new runway pavement sensors and temperature probes will be installed for Runway 11-29, allowing more accurate data for pavement conditions.

This project has two phases, with the first phase completed in 2020. Massport is investing $12.5M in this project. The Authority was able to accelerate the timeline in the first phase due to low flight activity during the COVID-19 pandemic and saved approximately $300,000 in construction costs. The last major rehabilitation work to the runway was completed in 2008 and 2010.

Beginning August 21, Runway 11-29 will be closed to all aircraft arrivals and departures Monday through Saturday between the hours of 7 p.m. to 11 a.m., during which replacement of degraded pavement will take place by sections.

The runway is expected to reopen each day Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will be substantially complete in early November.


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