13,500 Tons in 8 Days: SEH Airport Project Awarded for Efficient Runway Reconstruction

December 19, 2016

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) presented SEH with a Merit Award for outstanding work on the St. Paul Downtown Airport.

The project team had to remove existing pavement and lay 13,500 tons of new pavement at the intersection of two airport runways. Because the project was located in an area of high traffic, the team completed the project under an accelerated timeline of eight days, without shutting down airport operations.

MNDOT presented the award at the 63rd Annual Asphalt Conference Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

The project is the first phase of a multi-phased/multi-year runway reconstruction effort. The 2016 portion included reconstructing the intersection of two runways, significantly impacting airport operations.

To minimize the impacts, we were able to keep the primary runway partially open, with construction on one end at a time. The major benefit of this project is that future phases will continue with only minimal impact to one runway at a time.
Lindsay Reidt, PE, airport designer

The St. Paul Airport remained open during a runway project because of a phased reconstruction approach.

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