The residents of Aguachica, the second most important city of Cesar, celebrate the delivery of the modernization works of the Hacaritama Airport, where last November, Constructora Meco delivered the works to satisfaction.
This project promotes a route to the coast and the inside of the country while it reduces the time of mobilization, since this territory can only be accessed by land or the river. Even some oil companies have expressed their interest to work in the area, thanks to the opening this air route.
This project was executed in 1 year and 8 months, with an investment of US$12,973.682,00
Renovation works at the airport include:
- Construction of a 1.200-meter runway that used to be gravel and it is now asphalt.
- Safety strips on the right and left sides built with a granular base at 40 meters.
- A 144 x 85,40-meter platform elaborated in MR 45 Kg/cm2 hydraulic concrete, with a 30 cm thickness.
- 4,000 linear meters of canals, located in the perimeter of the airport, 75 meters from the axis of the track to the right and left sides, protected by geotextile and geo membrane.
- In addition, the dissipation structure with an area of 5760 m2 is on header 12.
23 pieces of equipment were used for the development of the works. This equipment was distributed in the following way:
- 3 excavators responsible for extraction of crude material, track excavations and drainage works.
- 1 bulldozer, 1 motor grader and 2 compactors, in charge of trawling of of stone (aggregates) and wax material. Conformation of granular base for the track, safety strip and platform, as well as compaction and sealing of the materials.
- 12 dump trucks, in charge of transport of stone material (aggregates) to feed the crushing equipment; supply of materials for the construction of the track structure, platform and safety strips.
- 1 backhoe loader and front loader: used to complement the loading and matching processes of crushing yards of materials such as base, sub base, sand.
- Concrete plant: in charge of producing MR 45 Kg/cm2 concrete for the platform and concrete for the box culvert. These activities were supplied through two Kenworth T 8000 concrete trucks.
- Crushing plant: integrated by a Metso primary crusher, a secondary crusher with cone crusher and three conveyor belts. The material from the river is crushed to obtain the required stone material (aggregates), such as granular base, granular sub base, sand and 1”, 1 ½” y 2” All these materials complied with the Colombian and airport technical standards.
Positive Social and Economic Impact
The company sought to positively impact communities through the generation of local employment. Thus, Meco promoted the contracting of operative and administrative labor of the community, with special interest in mothers who are heads of household from the neighborhoods of Santa Inés, Cascabela, Platanal, Aguas Blancas, Cerro Bravo, Juncal, La Esmeralda and Villa San Andrés. This project was built by 138 collaborators, including equipment operators, helpers, construction supervisors, aggregate production center, engineers and administrative staff.