In the late 1990s and early 2000s, a series of aircraft accidents around the country indicated the need for airports nationwide to enhance the safety of their runways. A Runway Safety Area (RSA) is the surface surrounding each end of a runway that provides safety margins for landing and departing aircraft in the event of an aircraft undershoot or overrun. To deter further loss of life, in 2005 Congress passed H.R. 3058 which states that airports must improve all Runway Safety Areas, to the extent practicable, by December 31, 2015.
The RSA on the Monterey Regional Airport's primary runway (10R-28L) did not meet the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prescribed dimensional standards as required by the 2005 Congressional mandate. To comply with this mandate, starting in 2006, the District developed and evaluated a number of alternatives to improve the RSAs on the primary runway at the Airport. In November 2013, after extensive environmental studies, the District approved a revised project and in December 2013, approved pre-construction site preparation plans.
Construction began in early 2014 and is expected to be completed in early 2016. The estimated cost of the Project is $52 million. The Project is being funded by the Airport Improvement and Passenger Facility Charge Programs.
When completed, this RSA Improvements Project will provide 100% RSAs at both ends of the Airport’s primary runway. These RSAs will make a safe Airport safer while meeting the FAA new standards.
The Airport District appreciates the support of local communities, businesses, Airport users and the travelling public during the design and development of this Project. The District will post updates on the Improvements Project as construction progresses and will provide construction schedules as they become available.