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Flights to Increase Over Elkridge During BWI Runway Revamp

The repaving of one of the airport’s runways results in higher concentration of air traffic overhead.

Hearing more airplanes than you used to in Elkridge? 

BWI officials say not to be alarmed. 

The airport has been working on its runways since June and shifted some flights over Elkridge as a result, according to Alan Peljovich, manager for the BWI's runway safety program.

By 2015, all of BWI’s runways must be up to snuff with the Federal Aviation Administration’s safety standards to remain eligible for federal funding, said Peljovich.

Currently, he said, none of the runways are in compliance.

“From mid-August to October, [BWI] will close one runway,” said Peljovich, in a recent talk with the Greater Elkridge Community Association.

“You will either be getting all of the departures on a given day over you or all of the arrivals over you on a given day,” said Peljovich.

The closure of one runway is necessary for repaving and widening in accordance with federal guidelines, he said.

BWI was awarded a $12 million grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation for this phase of maintenance, according to Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Anne Arundel), who reports this leg of the runway rehabilitation project will cost $40.3 million.

"Renovating the airport’s main arteries—its runways—will create safer working conditions for flight and ground crews as well as passengers,” said Ruppersberger.

In recent years, the airport has and is currently in the midst of a to accommodate its growing volume of passengers and cargo.

The runways haven’t been maintained in such an extensive way since the 1970s, according to officials.

“It has been more than two decades since a major pavement rehabilitation project has been completed on the runway intersection here at BWI Marshall,” said Paul J. Wiedefeld, executive director of BWI, in a press release. “This work will allow the airport to continue serving travelers for many years.”

Since mid-June, the airport has been replacing 1,500 lights along the runway in advance of the resurfacing project, said Peljovich.

Flights have shifted at nights (midnight to 6 a.m.) and on weekends (midnight Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday) as a result, he said.

If you'd like to file a noise complaint, call BWI's noise hotline at 410-859-7021. Officials ask that you note the date, time and location for reference.

Paul R July 27, 2012 at 09:28 AM
Thanks for the article. I'd like to point out that the Maryland Aviation Administration has a web site, www.maacommunityrelations.com, where they post their schedule for runway closures at BWI. The runway they are working on this summer is 10/28. Any time this runway is closed, it results in more flights over Elkridge. The web site will tell you when you can expect this. It's updated sporadically, but the information there is usually fairly current. Also, the air traffic pattern is largely dependent on the wind direction. If the wind is coming from the north or west, or calm (historically around 70% of the time), you will typically see takeoffs, which create more noise over a larger portion of Elkridge. If the wind is from the south or east, you will see landings.
Adam R July 27, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Yes we noticed 6 weeks ago. Thanks for sharing the reason.
Elizabeth Janney (Editor) July 27, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Thanks for posting that link, Paul. it's really helpful to see the dates and times in the "Runway Closures" section on the right (http://www.maacommunityrelations.com/_media/client/pdf/CLOSURES.pdf).
TM July 28, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Welcome to the Elkridge Air show. If this morning is any indication we're in for a long two months! Why do they bank hard left low, over populous areas rather than climbing down range over less populated areas(state park) before banking?
TM July 28, 2012 at 09:07 PM
This is ridiculous to put it lightly. Planes buzzing the roof tops over here in Grovemont every 2-5 mins starting 5-6 in the morning, and they say " some might experience some increased noise". This is fast approaching a health concern. Adults and kids can't sleep or nap through this stuff.
Paul R July 28, 2012 at 10:36 PM
My theory is that the planes bank left to get established ASAP on the same westbound course as if they had taken off from the other runway, so they don't have to be routed differently. But that's just a guess. BTW if you think it's loud now, wait till next month when they start the repaving. Lots more flights on week days. I'm not looking forward to it.
Tammy reid July 29, 2012 at 07:25 PM
This is crazy. I thought I was experiencing an earthquake!! My windows rattling and walls shaking from 6:45 am sat thru sun every 3 minutes. Does that 12 million include replacing the structure of my house and healthCare? I called to complain. Tammy R
DL August 26, 2012 at 02:47 PM
The airport bought all the property off Hanover road, right next to the Elkridge community, why can't they adjust their flights toward the property they bought or planned their project to allow this direction. We went through this repaving scenerio about 10 years ago, at least that's what we were told when they cracked a neighbors windows from the vibrations. I don't know why but our homes also ended up with a residue after the project so we were out money to have the homes power washed. Are we getting any kind of property tax discount from this since Howard residents pay the highest? Probably only if we were politicians, forget the ones who pay their salaries. Maybe we should move one of them in our neighborhood, I bet something would be done then.
Adam R August 26, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Your on to something with damages. Canbury Woods was finished in 1990. By 2010 every home needed a new roof. Average roof shingles last 25 years. Interesting I never gave a thought to the planes spitting jet fuel and and smoke from the jet engines falling on the roofs until today.
Sabine October 08, 2012 at 10:58 PM
I am so exhausted from last weekend's airplane noise. The airplanes flew from 5 am to late at night. Sunday morning it shook me awake at 5 am again! My nerves are rattled my sleep shortened. I used to enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee on my deck on weekends. Not this summer and fall! When is this going to be over?
Paul R October 18, 2012 at 04:40 PM
For the benefit of anyone still following this.. I contacted MAA earlier this week asking about the status of the runway work. Runway 10-28 is scheduled to reopen November 1 at 5:00pm. That's about 2 weeks later than they originally announced. I'm not sure what caused the delay... just passing on what they told me.
Leighann Seidelman October 21, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Thanks Paul! I was sitting here listening to the planes every 2-3 minutes wondering when it will stop. Good to know there is an end in sight!
Anonymous User November 02, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Reopen date delayed again. New completion estimate: November 16th at 5 pm.
Anonymous User November 02, 2012 at 05:22 PM
They bank early to get into their established flight path in order to give general aviation traffic a more reasonable area of flight altitudes and distances from BWI to avoid.
Janu November 18, 2012 at 06:58 PM
NO MORE PLANES AT LEAST FOR NOW. Sleeping better than I have in months.
Anonymous User November 21, 2012 at 02:38 PM
FYI: Runway 10-28 is going to close again on November 27th at 5:00 am EDT and probably stay closed through December 16th. During that time, aircraft noise will be full on again over Elkridge.
Paul R November 21, 2012 at 03:42 PM
@Anonymous, the current schedule they have posted at http://bit.ly/UWhPjm shows it shutting down for a week from 11/27 until 12/3, then reopening. Additional closures are scheduled the following two weekends, 12/8-12/9 and 12/15-12/16, from 11:00pm Friday thru 4:00pm Sunday both weekends. What we don't know is how much longer the weekend closures are going to last beyond 12/16. From what I can gather, the runway still needs to be grooved and some lighting work remains to be done. At least we're getting a break over Thanksgiving, and presumably they won't be working on it over Christmas either. Happy Holidays!
Anonymous User November 27, 2012 at 09:01 PM
I was just assuming the worst. That delays will keep the runway shut down until the final window is over.
Anonymous User November 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM
@Paul R I forgot to point out in my last reply to you that the PDF lists the times in military Lima time, which is +11 Zulu time. It's a bit odd that they would list it that way when standard aeronautical navigation calls for Zulu time, which is -5 in EST and -4 in EDT. I forgot we already moved back to EST in my last post, and I was also assuming Zulu time when I quoted the time windows. So the actual time windows when calculated from military Lima time for local time in EST move the start and finish dates a day earlier than quoted. The start time would be 10 PM EST on Monday and the finish time would be midnight on Sunday. That is assuming I'm right. If you know what else the MAA could mean by the L suffix then let me know!!
Paul R November 29, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Well, if you go to the FAA website and pull up the NOTAM for the current 10/28 closure, the times listed there (which are in Zulu time) are 5 hours ahead of the times shown on the PDF. So I was under the assumption that the L just stood for "Local" time, as in EST/EDT. Which seems to make sense given that the PDF's intended audience is (presumably) non-pilots.
Anonymous User December 01, 2012 at 06:02 AM
@ Paul R. I bet you're correct. Thanks for the reply. I really over-thought that one! Based on my history with aviation and the military, seeing the L suffix on a 24 hour time stamp never would have registered to me as local time. Even though it made absolutely no sense to me why the MAA would choose to make time stamp interpretation super complicated. I see now that they didn't... my interpretation did! Thanks again!
Janu December 03, 2012 at 06:42 PM
according to the new construction schedule... http://www.maacommunityrelations.com/_media/client/pdf/CLOSURES.pdf looks like the runway will be closed throughout December excluding Christmas They really told the big lie on this one about how long it would take, but when the Federalales come to you with 12$ million, you shut up and take it I wonder which contractor got their pockets lined for this project, because they sure aren't in any hurry to finish it. I'm moving at the end of December, Elkridge was such a nice quiet place...
Anonymous User December 07, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Haha I just looked at the PDF and see that it has changed a lot. Right now 10-28 is actually open. But it's scheduled to close again in 3 hours. The construction window includes dates from today through the 20th, currently. I guess they figure if they open the runway for a couple hours each week that people have less right to complain!

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