This project comprises 234.000 m2 of runways and 236.000 m2 of taxiways
El Salvador, February 2015. The rehabilitation and modernization phase of the El Salvador International Airport (AIES) is complete, after a little over a year of work designed by Constructora MECO. The works included paving of the runway, taxiways and perimeter of this ambitious project that aims to transform the country into a regional platform for logistic services.
With an estimated cost of $ 24 million, the main objective of the project has been improving 470,000 square meters, of which 234,000 m2 correspond to the main track. This main track is fully completed, after having being restored the old asphalt with a new polymer modified asphalt.
In a similar way, the work done on taxiways, comprising 236,000 m2 is 100% ready. This project involved removing all asphalt applied in 1994, to place a new one, so now the Taxiways called Alfa, Bravo, Echo, Delta, Charlie and Golf are ready to show a new face.
To date, according to the data on total-completion, there is a 100% completion. The activities for this project have been divided since the beginning of the rehabilitation program, in three sections of the track; the 10 stages of the Taxiway, the placing of hot asphalt mix on Sei Street, and placement of pavement in the South Perimeter Road.
The hot asphalt mix was designed with the Standard Marshall Method 19.00 mm. Approximately 115,000 tons of mix have been placed in this project.
According to technical studies, the use of modified asphalt is key for the resurfacing to have a 15-year lifespan. As part of the policy of environmental sustainability of the project, the residue that is extracted from the surrounding streets and the track will be used for the maintenance of approximately 15 kilometers of airport internal roads that are dirt today.
Quality and Safety Control
During the time of the project there was recurrent training of the staff, with daily lectures and training on security and work planning.
Quality tests were performed on the crushed aggregates used in the production of the hot asphalt mix of the project; humidity control was included, among other activities.
As for placing hot mix asphalt checks the rate of tack and control placement of asphalt hot mix and temperature control of the mixture placed on the shoulders of taxiways and active runway were performed.
Regarding the placing of hot mix asphalt, verifications were done to check the tack rate and control the placement of hot mix asphalt and the temperature control of the mixture placed on the borders of the taxiways and active runway.
And, as part of our commitment to projects on environmental issues, cleanup activities were conducted in and out of our temporary facilities. The waste is deposited in the Solid Waste Classification Plant (Plant transfer) of CEPA, located within the airport facilities. Work was also done to inspect the hydraulic facilities on campus in order to detect possible leaks and prevent water wastage.
According to the Executive Port Commission, CEPA, these works on the airport are intended to be followed by the modernization of the terminal, and the development of port áreas.