Compiled by The Bedford Citizen
Hanscom Field Advisory Commission (HFAC) chair and Bedford Selectman Mike Rosenberg provided several runway Repaving Project updates after Thursday’s July 27, 2017, HFAC meeting:
- Bedford and Lexington police have met with Massport officials; there is agreement regarding Massport covering the cost of necessary police details.
- The paving will be reduced during the overnight, which will cut down on the truck traffic. But the asphalt milling work will go on all night, so there will be some truck traffic and continuing operations.
- Trucks will be prohibited from traveling in convoys or lining up with their engines idling. The use of ‘Jake Brakes’ remains prohibited
- With the resurfacing beginning at each end of runway 11-29 and working toward the middle, the airfield will be closed for approximately 60 hours when the paving arrives at the intersection with runway 05-23. The closure is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of August 11-13.
- The change in flight patterns resulting from the closure of the long runway is expected to be noticeable, although large aircraft will not be able to land or take off from the shorter, crosswind runway. FAA regulations stipulate that the airfield must remain open overnight. Normal operations between 10 pm and 6 am average approximately 150-200 per month.
- As a state agency, Massport is exempt from Bedford’s bylaws concerning noise abatement, even though the runway is physically located within the Town’s boundaries.
An open meeting on the project is scheduled for Monday at 6:45 pm in Bedford Town Hall. All are welcome, including residents of the other towns that abut the airfield. Massport representatives are expected to attend, along with local officials.
South Road resident Patty Dahlgren has created a closed Facebook group South Road Traffic Impact, 08/2017. Facebook members interested in the topic are invited to request membership.
Click the following links to read additional background about the resurfacing project
- Massport’s July 19 press release announcing the runway resurfacing project
- The Bedford Citizen‘s story about the project’s developing details
CORRECTION, July 29, 2017: When originally posted, this story misstated a reduction in 24/7 workday estimates. In fact, paving operations will be reduced during the overnight, which will cut down on the truck traffic. The asphalt milling work will go on all night, so there will be some truck traffic and continuing operations.