Kenosha Regional Airport
- LocationKenosha, Wisconsin
- TimelineApril - December 2020
Michels was the prime contractor for a reconstruction at the Kenosha Regional Airport. Michels performed all excavation, pipe underdrain, aggregate placing, concrete pavement, and topsoil operations to completely reconstruct and extend the main east/west runway and taxiway for the airport. The runway was extended 1,100 feet to allow for larger aircraft to safely land and take off.
Crews used already excavated dirt on site, considerably reducing the amount of trucking needed. Michels also used mobile recycle-crushing equipment to custom crush the old concrete runway and taxiway into the base aggregate used on site, using different compaction methods to reach the required aggregate density. A "dry pond" was also excavated and graded, that will drain the entire east half of the site, but doesn't allow for sitting water. This will help limit the frequency of wildlife on the airport's grounds.
The 100-foot-wide project was paved using the stringless method in three passes of 33 inches. Stringless paving results in smoother surfaces, allowing the work to comply with the tight tolerances of airport runway projects.
Winner - 2020 Outstanding Airport Construction Award, Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics