Roads to Runways – Norjohn Contracting a Trusted Source for Paving Solutions

Earlier this year, the team at Norjohn Contracting was approached by Niagara Central Dorothy Rungeling Airport (Welland Airport) to help address some concerns they had with their main runway. The surface layer of the runway placed several years ago to preserve it was peeling off allowing water to penetrate into the base resulting in loose material on the runway. That loose material could cause potential damage to an aircraft and also pose a safety risk during takeoff and landing.

The Airport Commission reached out to Norjohn to recommend a solution. Norjohn’s Derek Nunn, Division Manager-Asphalt Emulsions and Don Evans, Estimator/Project Coordinator, took members of the Commission on a tour of recently completed road projects to show them different applications that could solve their problem.

“I knew that being able to physically show them the different applications rather than just describing it would help them understand the right solution for the airport,” said Nunn.

Using a micro-milling process, the damaged surface of the runway was removed and then replaced with a layer of FiberMat® to help delay any further cracking. FiberMat® is a highly resilient waterproofing membrane that incorporates fiberglass strands to provide enough tensile strength to slow cracks from reflecting through to the surface. As a final step for this project, a durable traprock aggregate was applied that provides excellent skid resistance for the runway.

“This was a huge task and my first experience with such a task. The entire Norjohn crew was a pleasure to work with, very professional and knowledgeable employees and just fantastic people! It’s hard to find people with a professional attitude that actually care about the customer,” said Bob Cullen, Supervisor at the Niagara Central Dorothy Rungeling Airport.

The Niagara Central Dorothy Rungeling Airport is owned and funded by four municipalities. The airport has a longstanding relationship with Norjohn Contracting, one that trusts their expertise and recognizes their good work and service.