Belfast-based contractor Lagan Construction has won a $13.9 (£8.7M) contract for runway and safety improvements at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington DC after beating off international competition.
Lagan Virginia, a subsidiary of Lagan Construction, will undertake the work for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and the work represents the firm’s first ever project on US mainland.
Lagan will carry out complete resurfacing of the main runway, taxiways and intersections including the replacement of the centre line and touch down zone (TDZ) lighting. The works will also involve significant earthworks, soil erosion control measures and the relocation of communication cables and access roads at the north end runway safety area. Some 55,000t of Marshall Asphalt will be milled out and replaced and 270,000m2 of performance planning will be undertaken.
The repairs will be performed during limited night-time possessions to enable the runway to be reopened each morning. The project commences in May and is due for completion in Autumn 2011.
Lagan Construction is a specialist in airport rehabilitation and improvement projects and has delivered more than 40 contracts worldwide – including international contracts at Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Guyana and the British Virgin Islands and UK projects at London Luton, Bristol, Aberdeen and Cardiff. The contractor is currently working at Sierra Leone in West Africa and at Islamabad in Pakistan.
Lagan Construction managing director Colin Loughran said: “We are delighted to win this high profile contract which underlines our expertise and ability to deliver specialist airport schemes across every continent. This scheme is the result of three years of planning and development, following our success in the US affiliated island of Puerto Rico where we carried out extensive rehabilitation work at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in 2008.”