LOGAN HAS “GREEN” RUNWAY PAVING PLAN

Friday, July 25, 2008
The Belmont Citizen-Herald
By State House News Service

A Logan Airport runway will be the first in the United States to get a treatment of “green asphalt,” according to port authority managers. The Massport Board of Directors on Thursday approved $6.3 million to repave a portion of Runway 22L using warm mix asphalt – a bituminous blend more than 75 degrees cooler than traditional hot mix asphalt, which must be heated to over 300 degrees. “Warm mix uses 20 percent less energy to make, produces 20 percent fewer greenhouse emissions when applied, and allows us to use a higher percentage of recycled asphalt pavement in the final product,” said Massport CEO Thomas J. Kinton Jr. The runway, a 10,000-foot landing strip that runs northeast-tosouthwest, will be repaved during September and October. Boston-based McCourt Construction is the lead contractor on the project, which will be funded with tax-exempt bonds.