Coleman A. Young Airport

Project Highlights:

  • 25,000 tons of asphalt placed
  • GPS grade control for grading and paving
  • National Asphalt Pavement Association Award of Merit

What We Did

Coleman A. Young Airport is primarily used for personal aircraft, business planes, and helicopters. The Taxiway A reconstruction project proved especially challenging because the airport had to remain open during the project to accommodate air traffic for high-profile events in Detroit, such as Monday Night Football and MLB playoff games.

We completed the project in multiple phases. The project required the most advanced GPS grade control for both grading and paving operations on the existing deep-strength asphalt taxiway (measuring between 10 and 14 inches of asphalt). Four inches of asphalt was milled off, with the remaining asphalt pulverized, reshaped, and compacted back to 100 percent density. The project involved placing 4 inches of asphalt in two lifts, totaling approximately 25,000 tons.