Paving extends Albany International Airport’s east-west runway by
1,200 feet with virtually no downtime.
Late last summer, the takeoff of a USAirways
Boeing 737 marked the opening of Albany
International Airport’s new 1,200 foot extension
to the east-west runway. The extension,
which was paved by Hudson River Construction,
allows more heavily loaded planes to take off
during adverse weather conditions.
The completed runway is now a seamless ribbon,
8,400 feet long and 150 feet wide. The
project required more than 36,000 tons of
asphalt which was placed to a depth of 12
inches – more than three times the thickness
of a standard asphalt highway.
A fleet of more than 15 asphalt trucks made
about 8 trips a day for two weeks between
the airport and Albany Asphalt’s blacktopplant
in the Port of Albany.
"The extended runway will open the door for
Albany based airlines and allow us to explore
new opportunities for air travel," said John
O’Donnell, acting Chief Executive Officer of
the Albany International Airport.
Airport operators want smooth, durable pavements
that can be rehabilitated without
extensive runway downtime. The amount of
time that a runway is out of service is critical
to flight schedules, and since asphalt
construction can be done at night or during
off-peak runway hours, fewer operations are
disrupted. Asphalt paving requires no curing
time, so the runway can be ready for use
almost immediately after the job is completed.
Another key benefit is the much lower cost
of using asphalt versus concrete in both
repairing and refurbishing the runway in
pavement life and
may lead to total pavement failure.