The City of Muscatine was the recipient of a 2016 Portland Cement Concrete Paving Award for the Runway 6/24 Reconstruction Project at the Muscatine Municipal Airport. Iowa Concrete Paving Association (ICPA) Associate Director John Cunningham presented the award to the City at the March 16 City Council meeting.
The award was announced in February at the 53rd Annual Concrete Paving Workshop in Altoona, Iowa, sponsored by the Iowa Concrete Paving Association.
The $4.8 million project removed and replaced runway 6/24 at the Muscatine Municipal Airport and was 90 percent funded through federal and state sources. Included was work on part of the taxiway that includes the new FAA designed turnaround, new runway signage due in part to new FAA geometric layouts, and updated Terracon recommendations for underdrains.
Some of the old concrete was recycled and used as a base for the new concrete runway which is 5,500 feet long and 100 feet wide.
“We used a bunch of the material to form the base but with that much concrete (from 10-12 inches thick), there was some big piles left,” Jim Edgmond, city engineer, said.
The FAA required the piles to be moved off the property and the City of Muscatine Street Department made quick work of the removal process.
“The thing that I think is most important out of this whole project is that the street department worked very hard taking all the piles of removed concrete and asphalt off of the airport site,” Edgmond said. “We were just piling it up at the site and recycling it as needed but the FAA said it had to be moved. Those guys in the street department deserve a great big special thank you for getting that recycled material off the site in a short period of time.”
Instead of being taking to a landfill the material will be stored and used as need in future projects to reduce additional costs to the City of Muscatine.
The Muscatine project was recognized as the best in the Reliever/General Aviation Category. Manatt’s, Inc., of Brooklyn, Iowa, was the contractor with Jayne DeCoste of Anderson Bogert Engineers & Surveyors, Inc., in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the engineer.
Projects were rated on smoothness, quality control, general appearance and workmanship, contractor management, safety, and project complexity. The ICPA and the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) jointly evaluated and recognized projects as 2016’s best concrete pavements built in 18 categories.