FAA awards $3.29 million for runway safety at Groton-New London

FAA awards $3.29 million for runway safety at Groton-New London

By Connecticut Department of Transportation

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Connecticut $3.29 million for runway safety improvements at Groton-New London Airport. The grant will be combined with $790,000 in state bond funds to underwrite the project.

“Any time we can enhance safety at our airports, we should do so,” said Acting DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker. “This funding will pay for a system designed to stop planes at each end of the main runway for those planes that either come down short of the runway or overshoot it on takeoff. This is welcome news for southeastern Connecticut and an important investment in airport safety.”

The “arresting system” at each end of the 5,000-foot runway will consist of a bed of cellular concrete, which, when rolled over by an airplane, crushes down, immediately slowing the plane and then stopping it.

Work is expected to begin this summer and be completed in the spring of 2012.


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