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John F. Kennedy International Airport Runway Repair/Restoration


HAKS performed special inspections for runway improvements at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the premier international gateway to the United States. In an effort to reduce delays, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reconstructed and rehabilitated Runway 4L-22R, including installation of high-speed taxiways. Runway widening and the new taxiways will enable the airport to handle new, large aircraft; allow for a greater number of passengers to be carried per aircraft operation; and facilitate air travel growth for the next 30 years.  Improvements included:

  • Constructing 728 feet of runway pavement on the north side of the runway to maintain departure length
  • Widening the runway from 150 feet to 200 feet to meet the needs of Group VI aircraft
  • Rehabilitating the runway using concrete to replace existing asphalt
  • Constructing high-speed taxiways and new taxiway exits leading to the Central Terminal Area, new taxiway access points to the north end of the runway, and other taxiway modifications 
  • Relocating fences and Patrol Road
  • Replacing and upgrading communications/navigational aids and electrical systems
  • Updating flight procedures
  • Relocating and improving water quality treatment devices 

The rehabilitated runway has a 40-foot-wide shoulder and 40-foot-wide strip of erosion pavement on each side. Approximately 6 inches of asphalt were milled from the current runway surface and replaced with approximately 2 inches of asphalt and 18 inches of concrete. 

The project team worked from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am, six to seven days a week, placing approximately 2,300 yards of concrete every night.  Inspectors performed air and slump tests, unit weight testing, and cast beam molds that were delivered to a laboratory to test for required strength.

The $400 million project was performed in three stages so that three runways were operational at all times.