Massport Releases Proposed Scope for Hanscom Field’s 2017 Environmental Status & Planning Report

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

On October 2 the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) released the Proposed Scope for the 2017 L. G. Hanscom Field Environmental Status & Planning Report (ESPR). The ESPR is the next filing in an ongoing review and evaluation of current and potential future operating and environmental conditions at Hanscom Field.

A 30-day comment period to accommodate community review has been announced, with the close of comments on November 9, 2017. A public MEPA Scoping Session is scheduled for 6:30 PM on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at the Hanscom Field Civil Air Terminal.

Hanscom Area Towns Committee (HATS) Reports Few Complaints as Hanscom Completes Repaving

By Ron Green

The September 28 HATS (Hanscom Area Towns Committee) meeting ended on a positive note. Amber Goodspeed, Project Management Team Manager, reported that the entire repaving project had been completed with few complaints from neighboring towns. A hotline had been set up for the purpose of fielding any issues. In total, approximately 50 calls were recorded during the project.

Hanscom Air Force Base Technology Expo – Part II

By John Laferriere

In anticipation of the United States Air Force’s 70th birthday on September 18, Hanscom Air Force Base was the site of a technology and aircraft expo on September 13. Follow this link for more information on this landmark anniversary: http://static.dma.mil/usaf/70/

Hanscom Air Force Base Technology Expo – Part 1

By Julie McCay Turner

Col. Roman L. Hund, Commander of the 66th Air Base Group at Hanscom Air Force Base, welcomed civic leaders, industry partners, and the press to the base on Wednesday morning, September 13, to learn in specific (albeit unclassified) detail about the advanced technology that is developed at Hanscom.

Hanscom Runway Paving Project – Meeting with the Selectmen on August 21

By Joan Bowen

At the request of Sharon Williams, Hanscom Field’s Director, the Selectmen provided Massport with the opportunity to provide a project update prior to the Selectmen’s regularly scheduled meeting on August 21. Approximately 50 people, primarily residents of South Road, Concord Road, and North Road, attended the open meeting to hear the project report but also to voice their continuing concerns about the project planning process, communication, and the impact on the quality of their lives.

Letter to the Editor, August 25, 2017: To the Selectmen ~ Impact of Massport Runway Resurfacing on Bedford Residents

By Bob Dorer

Editor’s Note: Mr. Dorer, a member of The Bedford Citizen’s board of directors, sent this message to the Bedford Selectmen and Town Manager Richard Reed on August 22, 2017

Thank you for hosting the second special meeting on the topic of the Massport Hanscom Field repaving project last night. Given the need for you to adjourn to your normally scheduled meeting and the number of townspeople who are far more impacted than we are on Otis St (our impact is mostly just noise-related, although that is significant – planes and some very noisy machinery running throughout some nights) I decided to write rather than take up valuable time during the comment period.

Letter to the Editor, August 10, 2017 – RE: Seeking Answers from Massport

By Rick Liou

The concerns that Patty Dahlgren has voiced impact all of us, not just the ~100 in attendance on the evening of 7/31 or the 350+ members active on the special Bedford Facebook group. Truth is, there are still Bedford residents just learning about what has transpired these past few weeks, and people are shocked and disheartened at how the community was so largely kept in the dark.

Not everyone is as brave as Patty. She is absolutely not the only one who wants answers! I commend her for leading the charge and for her energy and persistence in getting us the answers that were promised. Despite not being as public, engaged or vocal, many residents deeply appreciate her continued efforts to champion our concerns – just as we all appreciate our town officials and police department for stepping up to ensure the safety and interests of the community.

Hanscom Runway Resurfacing Project: Online Update ~ August 10, 2017

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Massport released its Phase II update a day early, on Thursday, August 10 this week. Phase II begins on August 11 and will last through August 19.

Progress Report Project Completion: 34%

From 6 pm on Friday, August 11 through 6 am on Monday, August 14, the contractor will be milling, rubblizing, paving, and striping the intersection of runways 11-29 and 05-23. This work will be performed continuously throughout the 60-hour closure.

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