The Jasper County Airport recently completed a new asphalt project that included widening and rehabbing an existing taxiway. Jasper County’s very own Town and Country Paving completed the project to coincide with paving work around the new 9 Unit T-Hangar. While repairing the taxiway was long overdue, completing both projects at the same time allowed the Jasper County Airport to save thousands of dollars.
While old, crumbling asphalt is an annoyance on a roadway, it is extremely dangerous within an airport environment. Airplanes can be damaged by loose debris, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. The prop wash can also pick up and throw pieces of debris causing property damage and bodily injury. Federal regulations also govern pavement conditions at airports, especially aircraft movement areas.
Pavement repair and upgrade is not only vital for risk reduction, but also for infrastructure investment. Widening the taxiway will allow aircraft to manuever easily and safely, increasing the rentability of the new 9 Unit T-Hangar.