Works to start on Runway Rejuvenation Project at Jersey Airport

From Jersey Airport
10th July 2021

Ports of Jersey is to undertake essential surface treatment work on the runway at Jersey Airport, which is expected to take up to 8-weeks to complete. This is part of our ongoing maintenance plan whilst remaining safe and compliant.

The first stage of this works programme will be to carry out a ‘mid-life’ health check on the current runway substructure and is due to start as from Tuesday 13 July 2021. This will involve drilling into the surface to test its continuing viability. The work will start on the western end working eastwards and is being undertaken by specialist engineering design and planning company, AECOM. A GPR survey of the runway will also be undertaken, a non-intrusive geophysical method of surveying the surface itself by using radar pulsar to image the subsurface.

The second stage of the work will see a rejuvenation of the runway surface, putting down Rhinophalt along its entire length to ensure there is sufficient friction to allow larger aircraft types to travel into the Island in the future whilst ensuring continuing compliancy with international safety standards as determined by CAA and EASA. The works will also see a replacement of the Addagrip on the end of Runway 26 (eastern), which ensures protection against degradation of its surface. The work will also see individual remarking of the runway lines to the most recent operational requirements of the DCA.

This part of the work is being undertaken by a team from Colas Ltd, a UK-based company, which specialises in civil engineering, maintenance and construction across many airfield sectors. The team has previously worked at Jersey Airport, during the taxiway work in 2000 and as part of the resurfacing and runway resurfacing programme in 2008/2009.

All off-island contractors will be working in compliance within Jersey Government Covid guidelines.

In order not to impact usual airport operations, work on the runway must take place overnight when contractors will access the site after usual airport close at 9:30pm and will leave prior to the start of operations the next morning at 6am. Work is to take place over six evenings a week and unless in unforeseen circumstances , excludes Sunday into Monday morning.

The runway rejuvenation work will not affect the provision of emergency medical flights that may be required outside of normal airport opening hours.

Jersey Airport Director, Robin MacRae, explains, “Whilst the current runway is safe for daily operation we have to undertake this essential work to ensure that it continues to meet the safety requirements both now and in the future. Work needs to be undertaken overnight so as not to impact upon our usual daytime operations and at this time of the year when we expect drier and warmer weather conditions for the materials being laid to dry sufficiently. Rest assured that every measure will be taken by our contractors to ensure noise levels and inconvenience is kept to a minimum”. 

Jersey Airport’s runway was last resurfaced over the winter period between 2008/2009 and in the intervening years has undergone a series of inspections to ensure its sustainability and ensure it remains compliant.

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