Taylor residents invited to public information meeting about airport runway rehabilitation

A public information meeting will be September 14 in Romulus to inform area residents of a runway rehabilitation project scheduled to occur in 2012 and 2013 at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.

The open-house-style meeting will be held at the Detroit Metro Airport Marriott, 30559 Flynn Drive. Residents can stop in any time between 5 and 7 p.m.

Runway 4R-22L was first installed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in 1950 and its current pavement is more than 30 years old. The 12,000-foot runway, which is primarily used for departures, will not be extended or moved, but will be reconstructed in its current location. The project is not expected to create significant air traffic delays and is estimated to create approximately 345 temporary construction jobs.

“While it is not required, the Wayne County Airport Authority has chosen to conduct this session in the interest of openly sharing information with all of our stakeholders,” said Airport Authority Interim CEO Genelle Allen. “This project will not create significant problems beyond the perimeter of the airport, but it is very important to the Airport Authority that all interested parties have a chance to ask questions and provide comments.”

A Draft Environmental Assessment for the reconstruction project will also be available for review at four locations:

  • Taylor Community Library, 12303 Pardee Road
  • Wayne County Airport Authority Offices at the DTW Smith Building Mezzanine
  • Romulus Public Library, 11121 Wayne Road
  • Official airport website www.metroairport.com

In 2007, when parallel runway 3R-21L was reconstructed, Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Control directed many arrivals to one of the airport’s crosswind runways, 9R-27L, during peak times. The FAA has advised the Airport Authority that during this proposed project, it will not be necessary to use the crosswind runway except as normal during crosswind conditions. Aircraft that would normally operate on 4R-22L will be directed by
the Air Traffic Control Tower to one of DTW’s other parallel runways.

“This runway is a key component of the region’s transportation infrastructure,” said Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano. “It is important for the Airport Authority to ensure that this departures runway will be consistently available to safely and efficiently accommodate future aircraft operations.”

Written comments or questions on the proposed project will be accepted through September 24 and may be sent to Ernest Gubry, Environmental Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration, 11677 South Wayne Road, Romulus, MI 48174 or by e-mail to ernest.gubry@faa.gov.
Reasonable auxiliary aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired, will be provided upon three days advance notice to Michael Conway by e-mail at michael.conway@wcaa.us or by calling (734) 942-3558.