Building materials firm Cemex, in collaboration with an international team of specialists, has completed the reconstruction of 35,000m² of taxiways at the International Sangster Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Airport operator MBJ Airports awarded resurfacing works for taxiways, shoulders, and ramps to Mandeville-based S&G Roads in the middle of 2017. S&G then subcontracted the concrete works to Cemex.

To ensure durability and quality of the new airport’s roads, Cemex mobilised a concrete plant and other supplies including a next-generation paver to place 22,500m³ of concrete.

INECO project manager Rubén Hernando Ceña said: “The aircraft stop and make strong turns from standing still. This produces rubbish that might cause accidents and increases the frequency of maintenance.

“Concrete is a solution for safety improvement, reduces the risk of aircraft damage due to the irregularities of old pavement.”

“Concrete is a solution for safety improvement, reduces the risk of aircraft damage due to the irregularities of old pavement.”

INECO is responsible for the supervision of the project.

Cemex Mexico said that its 30 specialists in pavement, maintenance, topography, quality, management, and control worked to conclude the project without disturbing the airport’s operations.

Cemex Mexico infrastructure and government vice president Alejandro Vares said: “The CEMEX team collaborated with the airport’s authorities to produce high resistance concrete and execute the project without affecting air traffic.”

The renovation is expected to extend the lifespan of the new taxiway to up to 20 years and will help to reduce maintenance cost.

Other project partners included Cemex Jamaica and Caribbean Cement, Cemex’s local subsidiaries, and local builder S&G Road Surfacing Materials.