A runway improvement project at Durango-La Plata County Airport in Colorado offered some unique demands. Since Durango-La Plata is the only airport in the region capable of handling the large aircraft used to fight wildfires, it was essential to keep the runway open during the project as much as possible. The project was scheduled in two phases, first paving 1,800 feet of the south end of the 9,600-foot long runway and then paving the rest while using the taxiway for landing some aircraft. The runway grade needed to be brought up to current U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards, since the original runway contained a swale. Asphalt pavement was used as a fill material to level the runway surface. The final runway met all FAA smoothness and elevation grade criteria, and was finished with minimal impact to airport operations.

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    Cygnus Publishing, Incorporated

    1233 Janesville Avenue, P.O. Box 803
    Fort Atkinson, WI  United States  53538-0803
  • Authors:
    • Wasieleski, R
  • Publication Date: 2004-8


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  • Accession Number: 00979270
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 25 2004 12:00AM