A rural airport in Florida found that cold in-place recycling was the answer for repaving an aging runway. Block cracking and invasive grasses plagued the original runway, which was originally paved in the 1950s and suffered from assaults from poor drainage, exposure to heat and heavy use over the years. Some 120 aircraft operations take place on the runway every week, mainly from local fliers. The contractor and the Florida DOT collaborated on the project with the airport authority picking up 20% of the bills. The design-build project gave the successful bidder a five-year maintenance contract. The design called for recycling the existing thickness of the asphalt along with imported recycled asphalt pavement to grade over the entire runway at a depth of three inches. A 2-inch virgin hot-mix asphalt layer was put on top of the recycled base. One of the main considerations was that the runway could not be closed for too long. Everything but the painting was done in two weeks. Today, six years after completion, the runway is smooth and has required no maintenance.

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    • Special Recycling Section
  • Corporate Authors:

    James Informational Media, Incorporated

    2720 South River Road, Suite 126
    Des Plaines, IL  United States  60018-
  • Authors:
    • Polak, M
  • Publication Date: 2003-7


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 26-28
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00961162
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2003 12:00AM