Speed of Construction
Asphalt’s quick speed of construction allows for timely project completion. This becomes especially important with airport renovation projects. Asphalt construction can be conducted with limited interference to air traffic operations.
Ease of Maintenance
Quick asphalt overlays offer ease of maintenance.
Runway 10R/28L has an interesting history with a first phase of the south runway completed in 1928 and its full length of 10,150 feet completed by 1958. In the early years, it consisted of a patchwork of asphalt and concrete depending upon when the various sections were built. In later years, the Airport Authority relied upon asphalt because of its ease of maintenance, most notably the construction of the north runway that was built entirely with deep-strength asphalt pavement.
Asphalt runways are long-lasting, often exceeding their 20-year life expectancy.
The completed reconstruction of the airport will follow seven phases, starting in March 2020. During the entire reconstruction process, 4,800 feet on the runway have been open at all times. Ryan Marshall, Director of the Public Works Department, says his office is excited about bringing the airport up to specifications because the last reconstruction took place more than 30 years ago. “After the reconstruction is done, we will have an upgraded airport for planes to land and passengers to enjoy. We hope that after the coronavirus, the remodeled Cedar City Airport will become a destination hub for all that we have to offer with the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Utah Summer Games, our diversified recreational activities, and our proximity to several national parks.”
Contribute to Carbon Neutrality
Asphalt provides solutions to preserve underlying existing layers aiding in carbon neutrality.
For the rehabilitation of its primary arrival runway, DFW knew it had to find a solution that would require the shortest amount of downtime, deliver the longest pavement life, require minimal interruption for scheduled maintenance, and maintain its status as a carbon-neutral airport.