When Runway 14/32 repairs were needed at the Beatrice Municipal Airport, Benesch completed an analysis of seven different pavement section alternatives ranging from full reconstruction to a four-inch mill and overlay with new asphalt pavement. Ultimately, it was decided the most economical solution was to design a reconstruction of Runway 14/32 similar to the already completed reconstruction of Runway 18/36 completed at the airport by Benesch a few years prior. Using Benesch’s experience with the pavement section reconstruction used on Runway 18/36 reduced the final costs of construction for Runway 14/32, even coming in below the initial bid amount.
In addition to the new pavement upgrades, subdrains were installed along the length of the runway, as well as a new base-mounted LED medium intensity runway light system with new cable in duct. Lastly, new runway end identifier lights were installed on Runway 14/32. Benesch was responsible for the design, geotechnical, survey, bidding, construction observation, material testing services and closeout.