PHL Rehabilitates East Airfield's Aging Pavements

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) has been actively rehabilitating its East Airfield since spring 2019, restoring various pavement areas on the east side of the airport to improve the serviceability of the pavement and eliminate structural deficiencies. Work areas included the South Apron and Taxiway D South, Taxiway D at Runway 8-26, North Apron and Taxiway D North, Taxiway F/K intersection, Taxiway B and Taxiway E2, Taxiway K at Runway 17-35, and Taxiway E/K intersection.

Like other PHL Capital Development projects, construction was halted in mid-March in compliance with Governor Wolf’s order to cease all non-life sustaining activities due to COVID-19. Work resumed as soon as it was deemed safe and the project was recently completed on schedule. 

“The Engineering team did a great job keeping this important project on track by working collaboratively with the contractor and by taking swift actions to address and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19,” said Api Appulingam, Deputy Director of Aviation, Capital Development.

This rehabilitation was possible thanks to grant funds under the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which identifies and prioritizes critical airport development and associated capital needs for the National Airspace System.


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