Raleigh-Durham International Airport


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The Raleigh-Durham International Airport Authority (RDUAA), is a public authority created, established and empowered by the North Carolina General Assembly. RDUAA controls, administrators, and operates the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). RDUAA has developed a set of proposed improvements for RDU identified in the Master Plan Vision 2040. These improvements include the replacement of Runway 5L/23R, which is nearing the end of its service life.

RDUAA is now preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate the potential impacts of the proposed Runway 5L/23R Replacement Project. An EA defines the purpose and need for a project, considers a range of reasonable alternatives, analyzes the potential impacts of a proposed project and its alternatives, and demonstrates compliance with other Executive Orders and environmental statutes. The EA will analyze and document potential environmental effects from the proposed runway replacement project and alternatives. It will also develop measures that may mitigate those potential effects if needed.

This website was developed to keep the public informed about the EA, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, and opportunities for public participation regarding this process. This website will be maintained throughout the EA process to keep the public updated of meetings, project developments, and opportunities for public involvement.

Current Events

The Airport Authority and the FAA are considering all scoping comments as the approach to the environmental review is finalized and as the environmental analysis is conducted. Responses to the scoping comments received are anticipated to be published in the Draft EA. The next opportunity for public comment is anticipated to be after the Draft EA is published. See Public Participation for more information.

Park Economy 3 Expansion

The Park Economy 3 Expansion is not an element of the Proposed Action being considered in the EA. The FAA reviewed the Park Economy 3 expansion project and determined that, due to Section 163 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, it did not have regulatory authority over this project. Because the FAA does not have regulatory authority, the FAA does not have an action subject to the National Environmental Policy Act. The Airport Authority must still comply with other environmental laws and regulations as applicable.