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Safety Enhancement Project Underway

If you fly in or out of Memphis International Airport this spring and early summer, you may notice a construction project at the end of one of the runways. In early March, work began on the installation of an Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) at the south end of Runway 18R/36L at Memphis International. An EMAS uses crushable concrete placed at the end of a runway to stop an aircraft that overruns the runway. The runway safety-area work is expected to be completed by mid-summer. Funding for the enhancements comes in part from a $31.8 million Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program grant to be used for runway safety, pavement and security projects.

Initial earthwork and demolition of old runway approach light foundations was the first step in the EMAS project at Memphis International.

Initial earthwork and demolition of old runway approach light foundations was the first step in the EMAS project at Memphis International.