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Rehabilitation of the crosswind runway at Düsseldorf Airport

The more than 50-year-old crosswind runway at Düsseldorf Airport, now in operation as taxiway TWY K5 and TWY L9, has been undergoing renovation over an area of 40,000 m2 since February 2023. The Münster/Dortmund branch of Oevermann Verkehrswegebau GmbH secured the contract for the removal of the old concrete pavements, the installation of a complex, heavy-duty asphalt construction as well as the renewal of lines and drainage. It is supported by the in-house construction materials laboratory as well as the subsidiary CMG Baulogistik. The end of the construction work is planned for October 2023.

Renovation work of the traffic route construction at Düsseldorf Airport.


Great experience in night-time work in the security area
The TWY K5 and L9 crosswind runway is a former runway and lies at right angles to the two large runways at Düsseldorf Airport. It offered the possibility to avoid strong crosswinds. For a runway, today's 1,300-metre-long taxiway was relatively short, so it was taken out of service in 1996.
The rehabilitation will be carried out in four construction phases. In sections 1 and 3a, the work will be carried out in day shifts, in sections 2 and 3b in night shifts. In order to maintain flight operations on the northern runway, the out-of-service taxiway K4 will also be rehabilitated in some areas. The experienced Oevermann team knows: Due to the tightly scheduled operating times outside of flight operations and the work in the safety area, personnel deployment and construction logistics must be perfectly organised, especially during the night work.

Complex asphalt construction for high load-bearing capacity
The work includes milling off the damaged asphalt layer to a depth of 20 cm over 40,000 m², breaking up 14,000 m³ of concrete pavement, demolishing 1,000 m³ of slotted channel and foundations, reconditioning 15,000 m³ of concrete, removing 62,000 m² of topsoil as well as excavating 20,000 m³ of soil. This will be followed by the installation of 13,500 m³ of soil material, 14,000 m³ of recycled material, 5,700 m³ of ballast base course, 29,000 m² of hydraulically bound base course, as well as 13,000 m² of asphalt in the shoulder area with a thickness of 14 cm and 29,000 m² of asphalt in the taxiway area with a total thickness of 40 cm.

The scope of the contract also includes the construction of sign foundations, cable and drainage shafts, as well as the connection of 580 m of drainage pipes, the laying of 7,200 m of cable protection pipes and the relocation of 720 m of drainage slot channels.


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