New Bedford Airport Runway Safety Improvement Project
New Bedford Airport
Runway Safety Improvement Project
New Bedford and Dartmouth, Massachusetts
In October 2014, New Bedford Regional Airport held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of its new runway. The runway brings the airport into compliance with the Federal Aviation Administration's standards on approach surfaces and visibility. The project allows the airport to continue to provide the city and surrounding communities a safe and efficient airport facility.
Epsilon assisted with the environmental permitting and provided environmental compliance services during construction. The airport obtained permits for the clearing of approximately 350 acres of forested wetlands and protected rare species habitats. The airport also obtained approvals from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fill approximately 7 acres of freshwater wetlands and to relocate approximately 800 linear feet of perennial stream to accommodate the runway expansion.
Working with project engineers, Epsilon was tasked with the final design, implementation, and long-term monitoring of nearly 20 acres of freshwater wetlands, vernal pool, stream creation areas, and eastern box turtle nesting habitat creation areas. Epsilon was also tasked with providing environmental compliance services during construction and the permitting of an additional nearly 37 acres of tree clearing in wetlands in the adjoining Town of Dartmouth.