Governor O'Malley Announces $15 Million Project for BWI Airport
Project Funded with ARRA Recovery Funds
ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 26, 2009) – Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley today announced that the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport has been awarded a $15 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program. The funds will help reconstruct the C and D aprons of the airport. The funds are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that was signed by President Obama this year.
“Thanks to the leadership of Senator Mikulski, Senator Cardin, Congressman Hoyer and Congressman Ruppersberger, and the other members of Maryland’s Congressional delegation, we are able to support one of Maryland’s critical economic engines,” said Governor O’Malley. “This important investment will help to rebuild the fundamental airfield infrastructure of BWI Marshall Airport helping to keep it modern and efficient, and will support and create important jobs.”
The C/D Apron project is a safety and standards project that will reconstruct concrete pavements and regrade pavements on the aircraft ramp and taxi lane located between Concourses C and D at BWI Marshall Airport. In addition to the pavement improvements, the project includes pavement markings, airfield signage and lighting, drainage improvements, and the installation of a new de-icing collection system. The estimated total project cost for the C/D Apron Reconstruction is $58 million. Beyond the federal stimulus grant, the project will be funded with Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant funding and Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs). The project is expected to employ, directly and indirectly, about 200 people, including designers, engineers, construction personnel, security workers, and administrative support.
The existing utility infrastructure at the C/D location dates back to the original commissioning of the Airport by President Harry Truman in June 1950. The pavement was reconstructed during expansion in the mid-1970s, after the State of Maryland purchased the Airport from Baltimore City. Over the past three decades, the C/D apron pavement has remained in continual service.
“This airfield pavement has served us well for more than thirty years,” said Timothy L. Campbell, Executive Director of the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA). “It’s now time to move forward and rebuild this important Airport pavement.”