Tacoma Narrows Airport Final Environmental Assessment and FONSI
To comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) design standards, Pierce County completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) for several projects proposed at the Tacoma Narrows Airport over the next five years (2022 – 2026). The FAA completed its evaluation of the Final Environmental Assessment and issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on April 25th. Those documents can be found at www.piercecountywa.gov/tiwea.
The projects include:
- Obstruction Removal: Evaluation of trees on airport property that penetrate the airport Federal Aviation Requirement(FAR) Part 77 surfaces, and potential removal of obstructions
- Taxiway A Relocation, Taxiway B4 Relocation and Apron Expansion
- Stormwater Pond Relocation: Relocation of an existing stormwater pond to accommodate the Taxiway A Relocation
These projects will improve safety at the airport and bring the runway and taxiway at Tacoma Narrows Airport in compliance with current FAA standards.
These projects do not include a runway extension, and do not affect the type or size of aircraft that currently operate at the airport.
A public comment period was held from February 15 - March 17, 2022. Comments were shared with the FAA and responses were captured in Appendix G in the final EA document.
The next step will be the design phase of the projects. This phase is expected to be finished in May 2023 with construction beginning in the same year.