Category - Runway/Ramp

Detroit Metro Uses Stimulus Funds for Runway Reconstruction

Crosswind runway 9L/27R at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) was originally scheduled for reconstruction from summer 2009 to summer 2011. But the project was fast-tracked to just four months after a section of the pavement failed and the 35-year-old runway was shut down in February 2009.

Milwaukee's General Mitchell Orders First U.S. Pavement Marking Audit

Officials at Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) saw the markings on the pavement, so to speak, when they decided to improve the airport's airfield markings.

Preservation Process Buys Duluth Int'l Time Before Runway Reconstruction

Like many airports across the country, Duluth International Airport (DLH) is caught in the cross hairs of aging runway infrastructure and tight federal funding. At the same time, it also faces scheduling and budget complications associated with construction of a new terminal. A few years ago, however, it found a way to stave off a major reconstruction; and a rehabilitation project earlier this year validated the strategy.

Traffic Growth Spurs Airside Expansion at Ottawa Int'l

After Ottawa International opened its $310 million Passenger Terminal Building in October 2003, the Airport Authority had little time to relish its accomplishment before significant traffic growth triggered another expansion. Every year, passenger loads kept exceeding the previous record-breaking total.

Houston Intercontinental Fixes Premature Runway Crazing

Earlier this year, Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport fixed a problem that had been brewing for years. One of its most critical runways, 9-27, reopened after crews repaired premature crazing - closely spaced top-down cracking, tearing, corrugation and ripples in the asphalt of the landing areas and high-speed exit areas.

Denver Int'l Revamps its Snow Management Strategies

Mother Nature gave John Kinney a very rude welcome when he began his job as director of operations and public safety at Denver International Airport.

BWI Marshall Upgrades its Friction Testing Technology

A recent Federal Aviation Administration initiative set the wheels in motion for Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to improve its friction testing technology.

LaGuardia Addresses Unique Rubber Removal Needs

Roughly five times per year, crews work from midnight to 5 a.m. removing rubber deposits from the two main runways at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York.

DFW Pioneers Runway Safety with New Perimeter Taxiway

When Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) opened one of the nation's first perimeter taxiways in December 2008, years of work in airfield design came to fruition.

Greater Binghamton Gives LED Runway Signs the Nod

LED runway lights and signs were the clear choice for outfitting the Greater Binghamton Airport's new 7,000-foot parallel taxiway.

Roadway Method Reaps Benefits for Lone Star Runway

When the main runway at Lone Star Executive Airport in Conroe, TX, started to face frequent drainage issues and distress that required constant patching and replacement, officials there turned to a technique more popular on roadways than runways.

Dulles, O'Hare & Sea-Tac Prepare for Historic Runway Openings

The intertwined web of the U.S. air traffic system will experience notable changes when new runways at three different airports open on Nov. 20. The effects of increased capacity at Dulles International, O'Hare International and Seattle-Tacoma International (Sea-Tac) are sure to be felt nationwide - especially during inclement weather.

JFK Tests Artificial Turf for Countering Erosion, FOD

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) recently installed tens of thousands of square feet of carpet. But instead of cushioning the soles of flyers' feet, the new synthetic fiber covers and protects its airfield.

GSC Replaces 10,000-Foot Runway in 59½ Days at Atlanta Hartsfield

The schedule of "liquidated damages" was particularly steep when Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) replaced one of its five major runways: $500 per minute for any delays to the re-opening.

Siemens Helps Solve Taxiway Lighting Challenge at O'Hare

When a light goes out at home, a quick bulb change usually fixes the problem. On an airfield, it's rarely that simple. At O'Hare International Airport, it's even more challenging.

Marana Regional Adds New Apron for Golf Tournament

When a professional golf tournament rolls into town, it brings plenty of big iron with it. That's why Marana (AZ) Regional Airport quickly adjusted its master plan to accommodate the 2007 Accenture Match Play World Golf Championship.

Albert Ellis Leverages GPS Technology for Runway Rehab

The need for a new drainage pipe at Albert J. Ellis Airport (OAJ), not only expanded the scope of the routine runway rehab, it also inspired a change of strategy.

San Luis Obispo Opts for Engineered Material Arresting System

During a time when air carriers are cutting service, a recently completed runway project at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport is helping keep commercial flights at the California airport.

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