Belfast Telegraph

Lagan wins race to rebuild Washington airport runway

A BELFAST contractor is to deliver an £8.7m improvement scheme at an American airport in its first project on the US mainland.

Lagan Construction has won the runway and safety improvement project at Ronald Reagan Airport in Washington DC.

Lagan Virginia LLC, a subsidiary of Lagan Construction, will undertake the work on behalf of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

The airport, three miles south of the central business district of Washington DC is strategically important due to its close location to all three branches of the Federal government, 174 foreign embassies and the headquarters of international bodies such as the World Bank and IMF.

Lagan will carry out complete resurfacing of the main runway 01-19, taxiways and intersections including the replacement of the centre line and lighting.

The works will also involve significant earthworks, soil erosion measures and the relocation of communication cables.

Some 55,000 tonnes of Marshall Asphalt will be milled out and replaced and 270,000 sq m of performance planning undertaken. The repairs will be performed at night so the runway can reopen in the mornings. Work begins next month and will be complete in autumn 2011.

Lagan has delivered more than 40 successful projects at airports worldwide. It is currently working in Sierra Leone in west Africa and in Islamabad in Pakistan.

Lagan Construction MD Colin Loughran said the firm has proven its ability to deliver 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," he said.

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