As crews completed Phase 1 construction on the Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) at Addison Airport, they also began Phase 2 work in the Runway 33’s safety area (RSA) on June 16. Depending on Mother Nature, installation of the EMAS blocks is scheduled to begin on August 4 and be complete by August 26. The project has an overall completion date of September 13.
Phase 2 builds the asphalt EMAS foundation bed, replaces a water line, installs a 4-inch fiber conduit, installs the EMAS blocks, paints the yellow chevron markings, and grades the lateral runway safety area. The ongoing Phase 1 work includes installation of the FAA electrical banks for the Runway 22 glideslope antenna and runway end identifier lights (REIL), realignment of the southwest access road near the Lindbergh Drive gate, and building the EMAS service road.
As part of the project, crews are creating a storm water retention system south of Arapaho Road near the southwest corner of the airport. Funded by the Town of Addison’s storm water fees, it will collect storm water runoff and store it for irrigation purposes later. In the illustration above, the Phase 2 work area is highlighted with diagonal lines. The Phase 1 work is outside of this area and will be completed not long after the Phase 2 work is completed with the installation of the EMAS blocks. When the project is complete, Runway 33 will have a greater useable length without increasing its overall length or width.