Alternatives These Alternatives Meet the
Purpose & Need of the EA

To begin the project, all seven of the alternatives from the 2010 Master Plan that meet the Purpose and Need of the project will be considered in light of their environmental impacts.  The project’s Purpose and Need:  To provide 5,500 feet of usable runway length for takeoff in either direction and to establish compliant Runway Safety Areas per FAA requirements. The EA will also consider three administrative scenarios.  After the initial review phase, only one alternative will be selected as the preferred alternative.

The administrative alternatives are:  ♦ No Action; ♦ New Airport location; and ♦ Use of another Airport in the vicinity.  The alternatives from the 2010 Master Plan are: ♦ Alternative 15; ♦ Alternative 16; ♦ Alternative 17; ♦ Alternative 18; ♦ Alternative 19; ♦ Alternative 23; and ♦ Alternative 24.   The numbering for the alternatives was assigned during the master planning process when a total of 40 alternatives were developed.

Each of the seven alternatives from the 2010 Master Plan that will be considered are described below.  To view a map of each alternative, click on the title.

 

Alternative 15:  Runway Reorientation and/or Relocation

Alternative 15, as illustrated in Figure 5-15, is the first in a series of alternatives proposed to provide 5,500 feet of usable runway length. It would involve a new runway orientation at the existing site and is generally described as follows:

  • RSA grading improvements to meet standards
  • Runway reorientation with 5,500-foot runway length
  • Standard RSA and ROFA beyond both runway thresholds
  • Requires rerouting Richmond and Bishop Roads
  • 5,500-foot runway length available for takeoffs on both runway ends

 

Usable Runway Length:  Alternative 15

Runway 6

Runway 24

Landing

5,500’

5,500’

Takeoff

5,500’

5,500’

Overall Length

5,500’

 

Alternative 16:  Runway 6 Extension to West (Relocate Richmond Road)

Alternative 16, as illustrated in Figure 5-16, would provide 5,502 feet of runway (400 feet more than existing). This alternative involves extending the Runway 6 end to the west and realigning Richmond Road on airport property to clear the extended runway safety area and runway object free area. The Richmond Road realignment would intersect with Highland Road approximately 1,500 feet west of the existing intersection.

Alternative 16 is generally described as follows:

  • RSA grading improvements to meet standards
  • Remove stopway
  • Extend Runway 6 end 1,400 feet (incorporating stopway)
  • Close 1,000 feet at Runway 24 end
  • Standard RSA and ROFA beyond both runway thresholds
  • Requires rerouting of Richmond Road
  • 5,502-foot runway length available for takeoffs on both runway ends

 

Usable Runway Length:  Alternative 16

Runway 6

Runway 24

Landing

5,502’

5,502’

Takeoff

5,502’

5,502’

Overall Length

5,502’

 

Alternative 17:  Runway 24 Extension to East (Relocate Bishop Road)

Alternative 17, as illustrated in Figure 5-17, would provide 5,502 feet of runway (400 feet more than existing). This alternative involves extending the Runway 24 end to the east. The area needed to provide standard extended RSAs and ROFAs would require realigning Bishop Road through the golf course to a T-intersection with White Road. Curtiss Wright Parkway would also be realigned.

Alternative 17 is generally described as follows:

  • RSA grading improvements to meet standards
  • Remove stopway
  • Extend Runway 24 end 500 feet to east
  • Relocate Runway 6 threshold 100 feet to east (remove stopway and 100 feet of runway)
  • Relocate Bishop Road
  • Standard RSA and ROFA beyond both runway thresholds
  • 5,502-foot runway length available for takeoffs on Runway 6
  • 5,502-foot runway length available for takeoffs on Runway 24

 

Usable Runway Length: Alternative 17

Runway 6

Runway 24

Landing

5,502’

5,502’

Takeoff

5,502’

5,502’

Overall Length

5,502’

 

Alternative 18:  Runway 24 Extension to East (Tunnel Bishop Road)

Alternative 18, as illustrated in Figure 5-18, would provide 5,502 feet of runway (400 feet more than existing). This alternative involves extending the Runway 24 end to the east. The area needed to provide standard extended RSAs and ROFAs would be achieved by tunneling approximately 1,250 feet of Bishop Road. There would be impacts to the golf course to provide standard RSAs and ROFAs. Curtiss Wright Parkway would also be realigned on airport property to a T-intersection with White Road.

Alternative 18 is generally described as follows:

  • RSA grading improvements to meet standards
  • Remove stopway
  • Extend Runway 24 end 500 feet to east
  • Relocate Runway 6 threshold 100 feet to east (remove stopway and 100 feet of runway)
  • Tunnel Bishop Road
  • Standard RSA and ROFA beyond both runway thresholds
  • 5,502-foot runway length available for takeoffs on Runway 6
  • 5,502-foot runway length available for takeoffs on Runway 24

 

Usable Runway Length: Alternative 18

Runway 6

Runway 24

Landing

5,502’

5,502’

Takeoff

5,502’

5,502’

Overall Length

5,502’

 

Alternative 19:  Runway Extension at Both Runway Ends

Alternative 19, as illustrated in Figure 5-19, would provide 5,502 feet of runway. This alternative would involve a 300-foot runway extension at the Runway 6 end, converting part of the paved stopway to be used as runway. The runway would be extended 100 feet at the Runway 24 end. Road realignments would be required for both Richmond and Bishop Roads to clear the RSAs and ROFAs. The Bishop Road relocation would meet White Road at a T-intersection. Curtiss Wright Parkway would also need to be realigned due to the closure of a portion of Bishop Road.

Alternative 19 is generally described as follows:

  • RSA grading improvements to meet standards
  • Remove stopway
  • Extend Runway 24 end 100 feet
  • Extend Runway 6 end 300 feet
  • Reroute roads to clear RSAs and ROFAs at both runway ends
  • Standard RSA and ROFA beyond both runway thresholds
  • 5,502-foot runway length available for takeoffs on Runway 6
  • 5,502-foot runway length available for takeoffs on Runway 24

 

Usable Runway Length: Alternative 19

Runway 6

Runway 24

Landing

5,502’

5,502’

Takeoff

5,502’

5,502’

Overall Length

5,502’

 

Alternative 23: EMAS at both Runway Ends

Alternative 23, as illustrated in Figure 5-23, would provide 5,502 feet of runway. This alternative would involve the installation of engineered materials arresting systems (EMAS) at both runway ends. It would also require displaced thresholds for landing aircraft at both runway ends. Without any road realignments and with the installation of an EMAS at each runway end, the airport is able to achieve a departure length of 5,502 feet for operations on both runways but is more limited for landing distance on each runway due to the displaced thresholds. The landing length available on Runway 6 is 5,252 feet; the landing length available on Runway 24 is 5,052 feet, which is fifty feet short of the existing runway length.

Alternative 23 is generally described as follows:

  • RSA grading improvements to meet standards
  • Remove stopway
  • Extend runway 6 end 550 feet (including 500 feet of the former stopway)
  • Install EMAS at Runway 6 end
  • Displace threshold 250 feet from new Runway 6 end (which is 300 feet out from existing Runway 6 end) to have full undershoot protection for ROFA
  • Close/move Runway 24 end 150 feet in order to fit standard EMAS
  • Install EMAS at Runway 24 end
  • Displace Runway 24 threshold another 450 feet (600 feet from existing runway end) to provide 600-foot undershoot protection

 

Usable Runway Length: Alternative 23

Runway 6

Runway 24

Landing

5,252’

5,052’

Takeoff

5,502’

5,502’

Overall Length

5,502’

 

Alternative 24:  Runway 24 Extension and Runway 6 EMAS

Alternative 24, as illustrated in Figure 5-24, would provide 5,502 feet of runway. This alternative would involve the installation of an EMAS at the Runway 6 end. A realignment of Bishop Road to a T-intersection with White Road would encroach on the golf course. This alternative would require a displaced threshold for landing aircraft at the Runway 6 end. With road realignment at one runway end, the airport is able to achieve a 5,502-foot departure length for both runways and also achieves a landing length of 5,502 feet for operations on Runway 24.

Alternative 24 is generally described as follows:

  • RSA grading improvements to meet standards
  • Remove stopway
  • Extend runway 6 end 550 feet (converting 500-foot stopway to runway and adding 50 feet)
  • Install EMAS at Runway 6 end
  • Displace threshold 250 feet from new Runway 6 end (which is 300 feet out from existing Runway 6 end) to have full undershoot protection for ROFA
  • Close 150 feet at Runway 24 end
  • Relocate Bishop Road to get standard RSA and ROFA length

 

Usable Runway Length: Alternative 24

Runway 6

Runway 24

Landing

5,252’

5,502’

Takeoff

5,502’

5,502’

Overall Length

5,502’