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John F. Kennedy International Airport Runway Repair/Restoration


HAKS’ Special Inspection Agency is performing inspections for runway improvements at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the premier international gateway to the United States. In an effort to reduce delays at the airport, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is reconstructing and rehabilitating Runway 4L-22R, including the 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 include:

  • 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 will have a 40-foot-wide shoulder and 40-foot-wide strip of erosion pavement on each side. Approximately six inches of asphalt will be milled from the current runway surface and replaced with approximately two inches of asphalt and 18 inches of concrete.  The concrete mix design is referred to as “700 Flex.” Flexural strength is one measure of the tensile strength of concrete.  It is a measure of an unreinforced concrete beam or slab to resist failure in bending and is typically used for runways.

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

The $400 million project is being performed in three stages so that three runways will be operational at all times. A temporary concrete plant is located on site at JFK to minimize the need for concrete trucks to use major nearby highways, thus reducing traffic and emissions in neighboring areas.