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Major Upgrades Set for Morristown Airport Runway in July 2024

Phase X of RWY 5-23 Rehabilitation to Include Full Weekend and Nightly Closures

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Morristown Airport is set to undergo significant construction as part of Phase X of the Runway 5-23 Rehabilitation Project, scheduled to commence on July 8, 2024. This phase includes the installation of a new Engineered Materials Arrestor System (EMAS) and other critical upgrades, necessitating both full weekend and extensive nightly closures of the runway.

During Phase X, major construction activities will focus on building a subbase for the EMAS at the end of Runway 5, erecting a sheet pile retaining wall, relocating the Runway 23 localizer, and installing Runway End Identifier Lights (REILs). Additionally, the threshold of Runway 5 will be temporarily relocated, shortening the runway by 1,000 feet to facilitate these improvements.

The tentative schedule for Phase X outlines significant disruptions:

  • Five nightly closures from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM starting July 8 through July 12, to allow for the construction of an access road.
  • Two full weekend closures of Runway 5-23 are planned:
    • From 10:00 PM on July 17 to 6:00 AM on July 22
    • From 10:00 PM on September 6 to 6:00 AM on September 8

Additionally, the airport will be fully closed to fixed-wing traffic during the runway intersection painting sessions:

  • July 20 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • September 7 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Following the weekend closures, there will be 40 consecutive nightly closures from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM, starting on July 23 and continuing through August 31.

These dates are tentative and subject to adjustments due to weather conditions, scheduling conflicts, or other unforeseen factors.

Travelers and airport users are advised to check for updates and plan accordingly as these improvements may impact travel plans. The enhancements are part of ongoing efforts to maintain safety standards and improve infrastructure at Morristown Airport.

A full project overview, including schedule and airfield impacts, is available here.

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