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September 14, 2021

Surface rehabilitation project at MKE to utilize recycled materials

A rehabilitation project to replace the surface layer concrete on Runway 7R/25L is currently underway at the Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, reports Aviation Pros.

The rehabilitation project has placed an emphasis on utilizing recycled materials such as concrete aggregates to keep construction costs down and create an overall greener operation.

The airport has partnered with local construction company Zignego, Waukesha, Wisconsin, to crush the old pavement into a smaller gravel material called breaker run. The breaker will then be used as stabilization material below several road construction projects in southeast Wisconsin.

By recycling these materials on-site at MKE and using them in nearby projects, those involved in the rehabilitation project say this will minimize the need for trucking and fuel while preventing wear and tear on roads and trucks.

“The rehabilitation of Runway 7R/25L will extend the useful life of the runway and reduce airfield maintenance costs,” said MKE Airport Director Brian Dranzik. “We’re thrilled to replace primary runway pavement in a way that is clean, green and cost-effective for the airport.”

Any recycled material left over from the Runway 7R/25L and road construction projects will be used as fill underneath the Taxiway M extension project currently underway at MKE.

Both projects are set for completion in November.