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Airfield Safety Enhancements

TUS Runway to the Future

 

The Airfield Safety Enhancement (ASE) project will transition the airfield at Tucson International Airport (TUS) into a new era of safety and provide redundancy with a second parallel runway that will serve the Southern Arizona region for decades into the future.

Groundbreaking for the multi-year, multi-phase project – the largest in the Tucson Airport Authority’s history – was held on October 15, 2020.

October 15, 2020 Groundbreaking

ASE Overview

The project includes demolition of runway 11R/29L, a 75-foot wide by 8,000-foot long general aviation runway, and replace it with a new parallel runway that is 150-feet wide by 11,000 feet long, new taxiways and connector taxiways, installation of aircraft guidance systems and a modernization of the airfield geometry to meet current Federal Aviation Administration standards.

Construction has been divided into four projects – CMAR (Construction Manager at Risk) overseeing the new runway and taxiways; DBB1 (Design-Bid Build) of taxiways on the west side of the airfield; DBB2 expansion of the safety area southeast of the new runway; and DBB3 modernization of the existing commercial runway.

 

CMAR

Project includes:

  • Construct a new electrical vault.
  • Demolish existing general aviation runway relocate and construct a new commercial service runway.
  • Construct a center taxiway between the existing and new parallel commercial runways.
  • Construct an outer taxiway.
  • Construct a new outboard parallel taxiway.
  • Construct new connector taxiways.
  • Construct a new Barrier Arresting Cable system for the Arizona Air National Guard.
  • Perform sound attenuation at certain homes (as identified in the Environmental Impact Study).

DBB1

Project includes:

  • Construct new end-around taxiway and modify existing taxiways.

DBB2

Project includes:

  • Demolish 12 earth covered magazines and construct replacements.
  • Expand airport safety area.

DBB3

Project includes:

  • Modify connectors and taxiways to commercial runway standards.
  • Relocate aircraft guidance systems.

Timeline

  • 2007  Ι  Federal Aviation Administration amends reporting requirements for airfield incursions
  • 2008  Ι  Under FAA’s new definition, Tucson International Airport leads the nation in reported airfield incursions
  • 2010  Ι  TAA conducts study of need for airfield safety improvements at TUS and identifies four “Hot Spots” on airfield
  • 2012  Ι  TAA completes study and makes changes to correct two of the identified hot spots, however, additional comprehensive changes are required to correct the two remaining “Hot Spots”
  • 2015  Ι  TAA completes TUS Master Plan Update that includes and validates the need for airfield safety enhancements
  • 2015  Ι  FAA announces Runway Incursion Mitigation (RIM) program
  • 2015  Ι  TAA completes an implementation plan for the safety enhancements
  • 2016  Ι  TAA, FAA and Arizona Air National Guard enter into Memorandum of Understanding outlining property transactions among the three entities
  • 2016  Ι  TAA files Notice of Intent to pursue airfield safety enhancements
  • 2016  Ι  FAA holds scoping meetings for the public and federal, state and local regulatory agencies
  • 2017  Ι  FAA issues draft Environmental Impact Statement based on comments received after scoping meetings
  • 2018  Ι  Public Hearing and Workshop held
  • 2018  Ι  FAA issues Record of Decision on November 28, which provides formal approval for the project to proceed
  • 2019  Ι  Design firms are selected and design work begins
  • 2020  Ι  Groundbreaking Ceremony is held October 15

FAA Record of Decision Nov. 28, 2018

 

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