Toronto Pearson Breaks Ground on Runway Rehabilitation Project

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) hosted a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of Toronto Pearson’s rehabilitation project for Runway 06L/24R.

Runway 06L/24R is Toronto Pearson’s second-busiest runway. Advanced planning and modernised innovation techniques will allow the airport to complete the rehabilitation project in eight months. During this time, the runway will be temporarily closed.

Deborah Flint, President and CEO, GTAA said:

“This rehabilitation is about building essential infrastructure that is required for the economy of the region, the province and the nation. 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.”

Toronto Runway Rehabilitation
GTAA President and CEO, Deborah Flint, welcomed The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Canada’s Minister of Transport, to Toronto Pearson for the groundbreaking celebration

Toronto Pearson’s 3-kilometre Runway 06L/24R was first built in the 1960s. Its concrete sub-structure has been worn down due to weather conditions, use and time, and it now requires a full rehabilitation. The project will enhance the safety of the runway and extend its life by 30 years.

The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Canada’s Minister of Transport said:

“As Canada works towards recovery from the pandemic, investments in our airport infrastructure continue to be crucial to maintain safety, security and connectivity for travellers, workers and communities. Our government is pleased to support Toronto Pearson International Airport with this critical runway safety project. We remain committed to investing in the infrastructure and tools needed to help re-invigorate the aviation industry and to allow Canadians to feel safe and secure when they travel.”

The project will include the use of recycled materials and upgrades to 1,800 LED lights to enhance runway safety and reduce Toronto Pearson’s carbon footprint. Crushed concrete from the runway pavement removal will be used for the sub-base and base materials, while recycled milling asphalt materials will be used on the runway’s approach roads.

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