Location: General Mitchell International Airport, Milwaukee, WI
GMIA selected Michael Baker International to develop a design solution for the reconstruction of the intersection of their two longest and busiest runways. In 2011, We exceeded the expectations of the airport and airline community by innovatively phasing a full-depth reconstruction plan comprised of two construction contracts. The first contract reconstructed full-depth concrete pavement outside the intersection but within the Runway Safety Areas. The second contract reconstructed the intersection by milling 10” of pavement and reconstructing the sections with only two lifts of asphalt, while departing from the conventional methods of placing and cooling asphalt pavement. Reconstruction efforts were limited to a series of 18 non-consecutive weekend nights to allow the airport to maintain operations without compromising schedule or runway availability. We don’t just talk innovation and solutions-driven services, we live them. As a result, the Runway Intersection Rehabilitation received the Gold Award in Innovative Design and Construction Techniques from the American Concrete Pavement Association and and continues to be applauded by the GMIA community.