Plymouth Airport Celebrates the Completion of its Runway Expansion
July 19, 2016
After receiving the final permit in October 2015, the $7 million construction project to extend Runway 15-33 by 1,000 feet has now been completed and the runway opened for use. On Tuesday, July 12, Plymouth Municipal Airport celebrated the completion of the extension with a ribbon cutting event. It was not your average ribbon cutting as it was done by having a plane take off through the ribbon. The extended runway benefits the airport by eliminating the simultaneous use of both runways and avoiding conflicting air traffic at this busy, non-towered airport, enhancing the safety of the airport. Both the airport’s runways now also have a 300-foot stopway for emergency use only. Increasing the length of its one runway to match its other also has the added benefit of balancing aircraft noise in surrounding neighborhoods by minimizing the need to circle since all aircrafts can now land on either runway at the airport.
Epsilon was pleased to be part of this important project, which represents an important milestone for both the airport and the community. Epsilon led the extensive permitting effort, in conjunction with project engineers Dubois and King, which included a range of permits at the federal, state and local level. These included:
A Final Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Assessment under the Massachusetts and National Environmental Policy Acts
Clean Water Act Section 404 Individual Permit
Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certificate
Conservation and Management Permit from the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program
MA Wetlands Protection Act Variance Order of Conditions
Plymouth Wetlands Bylaw Order of Conditions
Epsilon also developed mitigation plans for wetlands and rare species impacts due to the extension project. Epsilon continues to be involved, providing environmental monitoring services to ensure compliance with the multiple permits, including oversight on a 2.2-acre wetland replication area and 12-acre grassland habitat mitigation area.
For more information about Epsilon’s permitting services, please contact us!