An Airport Runs 24/7 And Can’t Afford To Shut Down A Taxiway

An Airport Runs 24/7 And Can’t Afford To Shut Down A Taxiway


Can EZ Street cold asphalt keep the planes running on time?

The Dominican Republic’s Aeropuerto Internacional del Cibao, also known as Santiago Airport, is the nation’s third busiest by passenger volume. This airport serves important destinations throughout the Caribbean. Domestic carrier Aerolineas Mas flies to various points around the island, making connections to major airlines. JetBlue has frequent flights out of Santiago to JFK and Boston Logan.

In other words, this is an airport that means business in the DR. It’s a 24/7 operation with no time to shut down runways or taxiways.

So, when it was necessary to repair a taxiway between the runway and the gates, the work needed to happen quickly and with minimal fuss. This is when you want those 50-pound bags of EZ Street asphalt lined up on the tarmac.

It’s 10:15 on a Monday morning. The airport’s maintenance crew is tackling the repair. The area being filled measures 6 feet by 4 feet, and is 6 inches deep. The crew applies EZ Street asphalt in three lifts of 2 inches each. The first lift is compacted with a hand compacter. A small roller is used on the second and third lifts. And since this business moves at the speed of jet travel, the crew wants the product to cure as quickly as possible. So, after applying the EZ Street product, they dust its surface with Portland cement.

The result? A quick and easy repair. And in a lovely Caribbean nation where casual is a way of life, and the speed of commerce usually happens on island time, Aeropuerto Internacional del Cibao got something really useful: zero down time.


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