Huge runway project at Pearson Airport in Mississauga will reduce carbon footprint


Published April 26, 2022 at 12:47 pm

Huge runway project at Pearson Airport in Mississauga will reduce carbon footprint
Repair work begins this past April on the second-busiest runway at Pearson Airport in Mississauga. (Photo: Pearson Airport Twitter)

One of the biggest runway rehabilitation projects in the history of Pearson Airport in Mississauga is also expected to help the airport reduce its carbon footprint.

Officials with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), which operates Pearson, say “modern innovation and advanced planning will allow Pearson to complete the project in eight months, and with a more sustainable approach.”

Pearson Airport shut down its second-busiest runway on April 4 for major repairs that are expected to be completed in November.

Runway 06L/24R, a three-kilometre-long east-west landing strip, was built in the 1960s and is in desperate need of upgrades to ensure aircraft and passenger safety, the GTAA says. The wearing down of its concrete sub-structure due to weather conditions, use and time make the repairs necessary.

The airport adds that the extensive work to be completed will “ensure the continued safe operation of the airport, and consequently the safety of passengers, employees and the communities we serve.”

According to the GTAA, the project will extend the life of the runway by 30 years and enhance safety of the strip as well.

The bonus, officials say, is the positive impact related to the environment.

“The project will include the use of recycled materials and upgrades to 1,800 LED lights, which will help enhance safety and reduce its carbon footprint,” the GTAA said in a statement. “Other environmentally friendly construction practices include using crushed concrete from the runway pavement removal for the sub-base and base materials, and recycled milling asphalt materials on approach roads in the vicinity of the runway.”

Federal Transport Minister and Mississauga Centre MP Omar Alghabra speaks at Monday’s groundbreaking as GTAA president and CEO Deborah Flint looks on. (Photo: GTAA)

At the project’s official groundbreaking on Monday (April 25), GTAA president and CEO Deborah Flint said the undertaking is about building essential infrastructure needed for the economy of the region, the province and Canada.

“A strong Pearson will support Canada’s recovery by enabling foreign direct investment, trade, tourism and critical goods movement. Moreover, this work will contribute millions of dollars to the local economy, create meaningful jobs and use sustainable construction practices,” she said.

Federal Transport Minister and Mississauga Centre MP Omar Alghabra was also on hand for the groundbreaking.

“As Canada works towards recovery from the pandemic, investments in our airport infrastructure continue to be crucial to maintain safety, security and connectivity for travelers, workers and communities,” he said.

As work continues on the runway rehabilitation project, travelers and area residents can expect some delays, disruptions and added aircraft noise.

Nearby residents may experience an increase in aircraft noise at times, according to the GTAA. And while scheduled flights will not be impacted by the runway closure, passengers may notice an increase in runway taxi times or longer waits at their gates.

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