Oakland International Airport
Runway 12-30 is the airport’s main commercial air carrier runway, accommodating all types of aircraft with the full 10,000 feet to utilize for landing and takeoff. Since the runway had not been repaved since 1985 and with estimated additional fuel costs of $35M for airlines to taxi to the North Field, time was of the essence on this project. It involved the overlay of asphalt concrete as well as airfield lighting infrastructure upgrades. Lighting upgrades started with the preparations for the conversion of Taxiway Whiskey to Temporary Runway 11-29, allowing for normal flight operations to continue during the construction process. Infrastructure for hundreds of lights, consisting of centerline, taxiway, edge and touchdown, were then repaired or replaced.
An airfield rehabilitation project of this magnitude would normally span six to eight months in duration, but the schedule on this project was much shorter. With nine consecutive Monday night closures to prepare the runway and taxiway areas, one night shift to convert an existing taxiway into a temporary runway and only fourteen days to completely rehabilitate the paving and airfield electrical on Runway 12-30, many thought this project schedule could not be achieved. Our team not only completed the project successfully, but airplanes landed four hours earlier than the planned opening.