The paper considers the problems of maintaining and strengthening runways and taxiways without disrupting airport operations. It suggests that this can best be effected by resurfacing with asphalt during periods that normally have little traffic, with the pavements open to traffic at other periods. This method avoids taking the pavement out of commission for a lengthy period. The steps taken to minimize disruption to airport operations, maintain safety standards and ensure that aircraft can use the pavements between working periods are discussed. Examples are taken from recent projects at Prestwick, Gatwick and Heathrow Airports. Phasing and timing of works, design details, provision of temporary ramps, aviation ground lighting and daytime markings, and the importance of cleanliness are covered. Difficulties experienced by the contractor from the intermittent possession of the working area and the need to work at night are discussed. The paper concludes by claiming that although this method of intermittent working probably has a higher capital cost than conventional methods, when costs of delays to passengers and airlines are taken into account it is cheaper. The satisfactory performance of the pavements since the resurfacing shows that the method is a practical proposition for busy airports with traffic patterns similar to those of Prestwick, Gatwick and Heathrow. /Author/


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 119-32
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 62

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00178268
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1978 12:00AM