Pavement Design for the New Denver International Airport

by Loy F. Warren, Denver Intl Airport, Denver, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Aircraft/Pavement Interaction: An Integrated System


Denver International Airport is the first new major U.S. airport in twenty years. Primary airfield elements in Phase I development include 5-12,000 foot runways and 1-16,000 foot runway, with associated taxiways and parking aprons. The design process included experience gained from development and maintenance of the existing airport, Stapleton International Airport, as well as work performed by various design consultants. Development of a pavement section design for a new airport has less constraints than for an existing facility. This leads to greater opportunity for alternative designs. Further, a project of this magnitude merits a comprehensive design analysis. The Phase I airfield consists of over 6,000,000 square yards of pavement for runways, taxiways and parking aprons. As a result, the pavement design process addressed a wide range of issues, including environment, geotechnical conditions, four alternative design methods, design aircraft type, high-volume repetitive loadings, and life cycle cost analysis for 20 year and 40 year design life. The result is a pavement system with the optimum combination of subgrade support, stabilized subbase, and pavement section for the new Denver International Airport.

Subject Headings: Airport and airfield pavements | Pavement design | Concrete pavements | Parking facilities | Airports and airfields | Subsurface drainage | Maintenance | Consulting services | Denver | Colorado | United States

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