Due to its climate and the popularity of air travel, Alaska has more than its fair share of gravel runways, hosting 16 times the U.S. national average number of planes per capita.
There are over 15,000 airports in the U.S. alone, each of which features several runways. Maintaining runways is critical for safe travel and environmental conservation.
The Alaska DOT&PF operates almost 300 remote gravel runways for commercial, charter and private air traffic. One of the DOTs’ needs in operating these runways is to minimize the gradual loss of vital fines. These fines are one of the sources of fugitive dust that impacts the health of neighboring populations (e.g., U.S. EPA PM10 and PM2.5 requirements) and aircraft …
We take a look at the new runway project in Sedalia, Missouri and the challenges of reconstructing airport runways in rural areas—and how projects like these can deal with the various environmental issues that they face in eco-friendly ways.