TYLin was the Prime Consultant for the rehabilitation of Taxiway R, S, and T at Miami International Airport (MIA) in Florida.
TYLin delivered the USD 69 million Taxiway R, S, and T project at MIA, the busiest airport for both international passengers and cargo in the US. The relocation and westward extension of Taxiway R increases airfield operational efficiency and enhances cargo capacity of the Westside Cargo Area while increasing the size of the West Cargo Apron Area. Taxiways S and T were rehabilitated to address weathering and cracking.
The portion of Taxiway R north of the West Cargo Area was constructed over a previously developed area of the airport, requiring building demolition, utility relocation, filling of a drainage canal, construction of a new 10-foot by 7-foot concrete box culvert, and relocation of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) navigation aids. These included an end fire glide slope antenna and precision approach path indicator (PAPI).
TYLin provided detailed coordination with the FAA to ensure the proper placement of the glide slope system in coordination with the PAPI. The installation of the glide slope end fire antenna is rare in the US and required special engineering to ensure the design allowed for the required adjustments during commissioning.
The rehabilitation of Taxiways S and T addressed moderate to severe weathering and low to moderate cracking. The taxiway edge and centerline lights and duct banks were replaced for both taxiways. Extensive coordination with airside operations minimized impacts to runway operations.
- The Taxiway R work included the construction of a full asphaltic concrete pavement section, a center line and edge light, new drainage structures, and the adjustment of several existing structures.
- The rehabilitation of Taxiways S and T consisted of texturizing the existing paved surfaces and applying a variable thickness overlay.
- The project required a Construction Safety and Phasing Plan that resulted in “no comments” from an FAA Safety Risk Management review.
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