Atlanta's Instant Runway

by Robert W. Richards, (F.ASCE),

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1971, Vol. 97, Issue 3, Pg. 491-500

Document Type: Journal Paper


Operators of existing airports, are keenly aware of the necessity for maintaining and improving their present facilities with minimum interruption of operations. Atlanta's unprecedented instant runway is a successful accomplishment in this direction. A 10,000-ft-long, 150-ft-wide runway, parallel taxiway, and related exits were removed and replaced in just 40 calendar days. The old runway, 9-in. concrete pavement over 6-in. stone subbase, was removed and replaced with 16 in.–20 in of concrete pavement, over 6 in. of compacted aggregate subbase, and 6 in. of cement stabilized subgrade soil. The new section also included a longitudinal and herringbone underdrain system. Modern auto-sensing slip form pavers rolled day and night, taking dump trucks of concrete and stacks of wire mesh to produce 16 in. of pavement 25 ft wide standing alone.

Subject Headings: Concrete pavements | Airport and airfield pavements | Soil cement | Existing buildings | Rocks | Aggregates | Subgrades | Soil stabilization | Atlanta | Georgia | United States

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