New runway for Philippines airport
First publishedin World Highways
The new Bicol International Airport in the Philippines will offer increased capacity and better safety
SunWest Construction Development Corporation has been using a concrete paver from Power Pavers at the new Bicol International Airport in the Philippines.
The machine has been used to pave a runway, taxiways, and aprons for the US$105 million project underway in the Daraga municipality of Albay province in the Bicol Region. The new facility has been built as a replacement to the single runway Legazpi airport, which is located in an urban area where future expansion is not possible.
SunWest used its Power Paver SF-2700 to pave a total width of 45m for the new Bicol runway. The SF-2700 was set at a width of 6m and the runway was paved in six lanes. The firm then changed the paver width to 4.5m and added the shoulder onto each side of the runway. A belt finisher was used on the back of the SF-2700 to produce a smooth finish.
Concrete paving machines from Power Pavers have played key roles in building the new runways at Bicol International Airport
The runway is 2.1km long and 400mm deep, and took 37,800m3 of concrete to pour. The mix design for the runway paving included sand from the Mayon Volcano, and 102mm river stone, and 9.5mm, 19mm, and 25mm crushed stone with a 25>40mm slump.
The new airport is a short distance from the city of Legazpi, but unlike the older facility it is not surrounded by buildings. It will be able to accommodate larger aircraft and more passengers, and has room for long-term expansion.