A Case Study: Keel Section Reconstruction of Runway 08L-26R the 29 Day Wonder at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (H-JAIA) is the world’s busiest airport, handling approximately 104 million passengers in 2016, serving 70 international and 150 domestic cities. A total of five parallel runways provide landing and takeoff operations, measuring from 9,000 to 12,390 ft in length. One of the runways, 08L-26R, 9,000 ft long was constructed in 1984 and has been in service for 30 years, well beyond its design life. Due to pavement deterioration and other distresses, the City of Atlanta made the decision to reconstruct this runway. 110,000 sq yds of concrete pavement were removed and replaced on a 29-day, fast-track schedule. The replaced section consisted of 16 in. of Portland Cement Concrete (PCC) on 6 in. of cement treated base (CTB) and 6 in. of soil cement. The new section consists of 20 in. of PCC on 2 in. of asphalt leveling base, after milling the existing 6-in. CTB. The overall scope of the project was to remove and replace the keel section leaving in place the outer slabs and following the existing joint layout. A project cost of $38 million was accomplished with a minimized schedule which in turn translates into significant savings and reduced impact on aviation operations.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: pp 103-114
  • Monograph Title: Airfield and Highway Pavements 2017: Airfield Pavement Technology and Safety

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01690563
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784480953
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Oct 4 2018 4:35PM