Improving the resiliency of airport infrastructure
Airports are busy places and maintaining them is a priority. At Connecticut’s Meriden Markham Airport, Runway 18-36 was last rehabilitated in the early 2000s and needed a fresh start. To bring the runway into compliance with current U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, the City of Meriden engaged us to provide design and construction services—the runway and taxiway needed innovative drainage designs to mitigate areas sensitive to washouts and provide future resilience during stormy weather.
Rising to the challenge, we prepared bid documents, an engineer’s cost estimate, and provided full-time on-site inspection services to mill and repave the 3,100-foot (945-metre) runway and the adjacent taxiway. To prevent washouts that had been known to occur in high storm events, we lined a spillway with stone and installed two new drywells along the taxiway. Completing the project required only a 60-day runway shutdown.
Minor airport layout improvements made a large impact on our clients’ ability to maintain the runway safety areas. It’s easier for airport staff to complete their tasks, increasing their efficiency and capacity, while overall drainage is improved during wet weather events.
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