Boston Logan International Airport Runway 9-27

Boston, Massachusetts

Airport’s busiest runway overhauled with minimal disruptions

  • Design and bid documents completed in under three months
  • First U.S. airport to pave runway using warm-mix asphalt
  • Runway was rehabilitated and aircraft operations returned as quickly as possible

As project designer and construction administrator, HNTB designed the rehabilitation of Boston Logan’s Runway 9-27.

After 17 years of handling approximately 10,000 aircraft each month, the runway was due for rehabilitation. When federal grant money became available, the Massachusetts Port Authority accelerated the project.

HNTB completed design and prepared bid documents in less than three months. Because disruptions at Logan can delay air travel nationwide and internationally, the design focused on phased construction and innovative materials, such as warm-mix asphalt, to minimize closure time.

Warm-mix asphalt cooled more quickly, could be laid down faster, reduced odor and thermal emissions, required fewer gallons of diesel fuel to fabricate and emitted less carbon dioxide than traditional paving material would have.

Overhauling approximately 1,000 feet of runway during each accessible weekend, crews completed the job 41 days ahead of schedule.