The Port of Portland is sharing an update on work to bring the main runway and runway safety area at Hillsboro Airport up to current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) design standards.
The project is designed to support aircraft that currently use the airport and will not expand capacity or change the types of aircraft that can use the airport.
Members of the public are invited to one of two webinars in January 2021 (Jan. 26, 12:00 p.m. and Jan. 28, 5:30 p.m.) for a brief presentatation of the material presented here. While there is not a public comment period at this time, the webinars will provide an opportunity to ask questions of project staff. There will be a future public comment period on the draft Environmental Assessment when it is released for public review.
The runway safety area is the area beyond the end and sides of the runway. Much like the shoulder of a road, this area provides an extra measure of safety in case an aircraft veers off or overruns the runway. FAA design standards require that the runway safety area is maintained in smooth condition.
The project would fix the slope, humps, ruts, and depressions in the safety area for the main runway (specifically Runway 13R) at Hillsboro Airport that do not meet current standards.
The Port of Portland's initial analysis identified the design alternative that would reroute Glencoe Swale in a culvert across the runway safety area and re-grade the end of the runway as the best alternative for more detailed study in the environmental review. This alternative is now what is termed the Proposed Action.
This design was selected for best meeting all the screening criteria because it:
- Is compatible with critical design aircraft
- Does not cause safety or operational problems that are not easily resolvable
- Is reasonable from an economic standpoint and using common sense
Since the Proposed Action was identified, the project team has been working on the engineering design for the project. We are approximately 30 percent to 60 percent of the way through design of various project elements.
The team is also working on assessing the environmental impacts and benefits of the project, which will be presented in a draft environmental assessment available for review and public comment in late spring 2021. At that time we will have a public hearing and solicit public comments on the project. You can sign-up to receive project emails using the form at the bottom of this page and we will contact you when the draft environmental assessment is ready for review.
Key Elements of the Proposed Action:
- Maintains existing threshold locations
- Maintains existing 6,600-foot runway length
- Conveys Glencoe Swale under the runway safety area (RSA) in a pipe or conduit
- Regrades Runway 13R end and RSA
Thank you for visiting! Please send your questions about this information to Maureen.Minister@portofportland.com. You are also invited to attend one of two webinars (Jan. 26, 12:00 p.m. and Jan. 28, 5:30 p.m.) for a brief presentation of this information and an opportunity to ask clarifying questions. The project team will answer questions sent in advance during the webinars and will post responses to clarifying questions on the project website following the webinars.