On February 5, 2014, the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport in Northwest Florida was recognized by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) with a 2013 Quality in Construction Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement. The award was presented to the contractor, C.W. Roberts Contracting Inc. of Freeport, Florida, at a ceremony during the association’s 59th Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, Florida.

RS&H was retained by the Okaloosa County Airports System to provide design and bidding services to Rehabilitate Runway 14-32 at the airport. The airport sees approximately 60,000 flights annually, and the resurfacing project was part of a larger initiative to upgrade many of the airport’s existing features.

The runway pavement, edge lighting, and signage systems exceeded its useful life. The project included correcting and resurfacing the main runway pavement, replacing the edge lighting and signage system, and substantial shoulder grading to meet Runway Safety Area (RSA) standards. RS&H developed four pavement rehabilitation strategies that incorporated constructability considerations and phase constraints, such as variable depth pavement milling, minimization of HMA overlay thickness, accelerated construction, availability of material, and addition of a procurement phase for long-lead items. The new surface is expected to last approximately 40 years.

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