If you've noticed an increase in air traffic overhead in Catonsville in the past week, it's because of a shift in runways at BWI Airport.
One of the two major thoroughfares for commercial planes at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI) was closed on Monday, Aug. 20 and will be closed for 60 days. The runway is closed for reconstructive work around the runway, according to a statement from the airport.
With Runway 10-28 closed, air traffic patterns may change, said Jonathan Dean, a spokesman for BWI. He said Elkridge and Catonsville were in the area impacted by the shift.
“In the northwest regions, like Elkridge and Catonsville, residents in those communities will see an increase in operations compared to usual conditions,” said Dean.
According to Dean, 70 percent of traffic will be going over Elkridge and communities northwest such as Catonsville of the airport during the runway closure.
Since 2011, the airport has been working to bring the runways into compliance with federal safety regulations it must meet by 2015, according to a statement from BWI.
Specifically, the work includes reconstruction of runways, taxiways, deicing pads and hold pad pavement; airfield navigational aid installation, relocation and upgrades; and other runway safety improvements, according to the statement.
Work began on Runway 10-28 in June, including installing new lighting in the pavement. During that time, the air traffic over Elkridge increased while the runway was closed on nights and weekends.
Dean of BWI said that the planes do not change the elevation at which they fly; it is just the route that will change.
If you'd like to file a noise complaint, make note of the date, time and location, then call BWI's noise hotline at 410-859-7021.