Air transportation is one of the key industries in the United States. The high cost of shutdowns for pavement maintenance and rehabilitation at airports significantly impacts local and regional economies and causes unnecessary delays to the traveling public. A similar concern exists at military airfields, where operational readiness can be impacted by poor pavements. For airport  pavements to perform well, it is essential that these pavements are designed and constructed to a high degree of quality. A well-designed and constructed concrete pavement will withstand the anticipated aircraft loadings under the local climatic conditions over the desired period of time with minimum maintenance and repair.

Good materials and construction practices are vital for producing high quality and long lasting airfield concrete pavements. Even if a pavement is designed to the highest standards, it will not perform well if it is not constructed well. A pavement that is constructed well will require less maintenance and repairs over the years. As such, construction requirements and specifications need to be well defined, measurable, and not arbitrary. The project specifications also need sufficient flexibility to allow for innovations by the contractor.

Best Practices for Airport Concrete Pavement Construction (EB102)

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View Speaker Presentations from past Airport Concrete Pavement Conferences

Areas Critical to Designing and Constructing a Quality Concrete Airfield Pavement

Design, layout and construction of joints
Concrete material selection
Concrete mixture proportioning
Construction practices
Quality control
Acceptance testing for strength and smoothness


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