Atlanta Begins Runway Refurbishment

Delta B767Beginning at 2300 on September 16, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will close the northernmost of its five runways until Wednesday, October 15, in order to replace the 9,000ft (2,743m) stretch of pavement.  The airport says September and October are typically the slowest months for air travel and the runway closure is not expected to significantly affect flight traffic.

“The existing pavement has reached the end of its useful life span,” explains Hartsfield-Jackson General Manager Miguel Southwell. “We are continuously updating and upgrading the Airport’s facilities in order to provide the best possible service to our customers.”

The 29-day project calls for a full section replacement of the 35 year-old 8L/26R runway. A 100ft (30.5m)-wide strip down the centre of the 150ft (46m)-wide runway will be torn up and completely replaced.  The section to be removed consists of a 16in (40.6cm)-deep slab of concrete on top of a bed of cement treated base and soil cement; that will be replaced by a 20in (51cm)-deep section of concrete on top of two inches of asphalt.  The outer edges of the runway have seen relatively little use and will be left intact.

The runway replacement is part of a $38 million capital improvement project that also includes the repaving of additional runway exits and taxiway access points, as well as a runway blast pad, all on the airport’s northern side.

The new pavement will be accompanied by new, state-of-the-art LED runway lights. The old runway materials will be ground up and recycled as filler for other construction projects.  Air passengers should not notice any change in Hartsfield-Jackson’s flight schedules due to the runway work.