New Englanders have always had an appreciation for our short summer season and so we make sure to embrace the warmer temperatures and extended daylight hours when they finally arrive. Our New England airports also take full advantage of the summer season to welcome the construction crews on their airfield. This summer the Hoyle, Tanner construction managers and resident engineers are hard at work on three major airport improvement projects.

Runway Rehabilitations & Safety Area Improvements at Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport: This project will restore the pavement quality of both the primary Runway 4-22 and the crosswind Runway 17-35 while also making grading improvements to Runway 4-22’s Safety Area (RSA) so that it complies with FAA standards. As a sign of the times, and in true community outreach spirit, the airport hosted the graduation for the 2020 Edward Little High School seniors during the two-week airport shutdown necessary during the runway paving portion of the project.

Rehabilitate Runway 16-34 at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease: Reconstructing a runway that is over two miles long and is being used by commercial service operators, private operators and the New Hampshire Air National Guard requires extensive coordination both in the project’s design and construction phases. The Hoyle, Tanner engineering team embraced this challenge and worked with each of Portsmouth International Airport’s stakeholders to develop a construction schedule that would maintain safety, minimize operational impacts, and produce a quality finished product. These ongoing outreach efforts have paid off as construction is currently ahead of schedule and crews are preparing for the two-week airfield closure in early September to allow for the runway paving. Photo credit: Andrew Pomeroy

Terminal Ramp Reconstruction at Burlington International Airport: This summer marks the beginning of the next phase of the Burlington Airport’s terminal apron reconstruction project. The terminal apron’s existing concrete pavement had begun to crack and small pieces had become dislodged creating a safety and maintenance concern. This summer’s construction will focus on removing and replacing nearly 11,500 square yards of the existing Portland Cement Concrete apron pavement and associated drainage around Arrival Gates 11A, 13, 14 and 15. The airport will be able to showcase this and all of Burlington’s recent airport improvements when they host aviation industry professionals from the Northeast Chapter of American Association of Airport Executives (NEC/AAAE) in August 2021.