JFK International's Bay Runway Gets a Facelift

Tutor Perini Corporation is at work on their $204 million contract to lengthen and widen Runway 13R-31L, or the Bay Runway, at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The work is part of the second phase of the JFK Delay Reduction Program and will consist of rebuilding the entire 14,572-foot-long (4442 m) runway and widening it from 150 to 200 feet (45.7 to 61 m). Tutor Perini is facing tight completion deadlines and strict airport concrete pavement requirements. Its choice for a concrete slipform paver was the Gomaco four-track GP-4000.

The project consists of milling off six inches (152 mm) of existing asphalt from the runway. The runway will then receive a new 18-inch-thick (457 mm) concrete overlay. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the organization responsible for the airport, expect the new concrete overlay, and its reduced need for ongoing maintenance, will save the airport an estimated $500 million over the lifetime of the concrete runway. They also predict the new improvements will reduce flight delays overall by an estimated 10,500 hours per year for their 48 million annual customers at JFK.

Tutor Perini has 120 days to complete the paving. The Port Authority is closing the Bay Runway between March and June 2010. The GP-4000, equipped with a stringless control system, will slipform the new runway in 25-foot-wide (7.6 m) paving passes, 18 inches (457 mm) thick.

The GP-4000, with the powerful new G22 digital controller, is the preferred paver for airport projects around the world. The two-track or four-track pavers, capable of paving passes up to 50 feet (15.2 m) wide, has worked on Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia; Moscow Airport in Moscow, Russia; Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida; Perm Airport in Perm, Russia; the Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City, Utah; and other airports across the United States and the world. The GP-4000 can be customized with bar insertion systems including the new independent IDBI attachment, stringless systems, keyway crimpers or attachments, and several other options.

Gomaco Corporation (www.gomaco.com) is a worldwide leader in concrete construction equipment with headquarters in Ida Grove, Iowa. Gomaco equipment will slipform concrete streets and highways, airport runways, curb and gutter, sidewalks and recreational trails, safety barrier, bridge parapet, and irrigation canals. Support equipment includes grade trimmers, concrete placers, concrete placer/spreaders, and texturing and curing machines. We also offer equipment to finish flat slabs, bridges, and slopes. Gomaco will consult on equipment for large or unique concrete paving projects. Gomaco products are offered through a worldwide distributor network for local sales, parts and service expertise.