Delaware County Airport Runway 14-32 Rehabilitation (Asphalt)

E&B Area Office: Muncie Click here to download a pdf of this case study.
Customer: Delaware County Airport Authority
Designer: Butler, Fairman & Seufert Civic Engineers
Project Recognition: 2010 Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana Quality Pavement Award (Airports Category)

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Project Overview and Implementation

This project demonstrates the strength of E&B Paving’s planning and consultation expertise in supporting a customer’s extraordinarily tight deadlines. It is also a case study of how E&B can capitalize on our unique corporate vertical integration with our subsidiary firm, Specialties Company, to provide milling services that meet critical design specifications.

As the following implementation timeline illustrates, this project required a carefully choreographed repertoire of solutions so that the airport could reopen on schedule to serve local air traffic.


August 27, 2010

  • Delaware County Airport runways were closed at 8:00 p.m.
  • Milling by E&B Paving subsidiary firm, Specialties Company, began at 10:00 p.m. and proceeded until approximately noon on August 28:
    • More than 50,000 square yards of 2″ milling with very critical slope correction and control especially through the taxiway/runway intersection area
    • Milling was performed with one 12″ and one 7″ machine, with a backup 7″ machine on site

August 28, 2010

  • Crack filling operations began at approximately 1:00 a.m.
  • Paving started at 4:00 a.m.:
    • 10,400 tons of P401 12.5mm surface were required for the entire project
    • 7,400 tons of mainline mix were placed by 4:00 a.m. Sunday with two asphalt crews working 12 hour shifts each
  • Pipe crew performed storm drainage repairs during the day

August 29, 2010

  • 3,000 tons of intersecting runway and taxiway mix began being placed at 4:00 a.m. and were completed by 6:00 p.m. with two crews working simultaneously
  • Began dirt shoulder wedge at 4:00 p.m. and completed it by 10:00 p.m.
  • Began runway striping at 6:00 p.m.
  • Began runway cleaning at 10:00 p.m. and completed it at 4:00 a.m. on Aug. 30th

August 30, 2010

  • Runways reopened and ready for traffic at 6:00 a.m. – total runway closure was 58 hours

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