JACKSON, Wyo. — Construction crews worked around the clock for 78 days last spring to construct an entirely new runway at the Jackson Hole Airport (JAC), which was finalized and ready for use on June 28, 2022. The leadership at JAC believes that these updates to the runway make this one of the most environmentally friendly runways in the country.
The last time the runway was fully reconstructed was in the 1970’s and the asphalt runway at JAC had been rehabbed four times since it was originally constructed and was due for a total reconstruction in the spring of 2022. During the closure, construction partners and JAC were committed to guaranteeing that this project was completed efficiently, with minimal impacts and adhered to the highest environmental standards we were able to achieve on such a project.
29,000 linear feet of double-walled slot drain were installed around the perimeter of the runway to allow 100% of the surface water to be captured and filtered. This improvement makes JAC one of the only airports with the ability to capture nearly 100% of the run-off water across the facility and allow it to be filtered through their stormwater system. In addition, all taxiway and runway lights were converted to LED lights.
Among those sustainable practices, the airport was able to reuse and recycle a large portion of the previous pavement section of the runway to incorporate into the new pavement section which will amount to 85,000 CY of material. An estimated 90% of the runway milling was reused. This was estimated to keep 5,500-8,500 trucks off local roadways and was estimated to save 120,00-187,000 gallons of fuel for hauling.