The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) is moving forward with its planned safety extensions to the two runways at New York LaGuardia airport.
The operator completed an environmental assessment of the project in August and is moving towards awarding a construction project for the two extensions by the end of this year, according to a recent statement.
The 54.9m (180ft) extensions to the west end of runway 13-31 and the north end of runway 4-22 – both of which will push the runways further out over Bowery and Flushing bays – must be complete by the end of 2015 in order to comply with US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety standards.
The project includes engineered materials arresting system (EMAS) beds, which help slow an aircraft at airports that were built before the FAA required 304.8m overrun areas at the end of runways.
The PANYNJ has budgeted $202.9 million for the extensions, which will be funded from passenger facility charges.
An EMAS bed at Yeager airport in Charleston, West Virginia, prevented a PSA Airlines CRJ200 operating as US Airways Express from plunging down an embankment when it overran a runway on 19 January 2010.