(Riverton, Wyo.) – The last strip of asphalt on a $1.3 million project to reconstruct a General Aviation Apron at Riverton Riverton Airport was laid down just before 5 p.m. Wednesday night (see above photo). With a cold wind blowing, and the temperature hovering around 50 degrees, a Maxwell Asphalt Crew finished that last wedge shaped section. The apron could reopen to general aviation traffic as early as today, after final testing of the asphalt density and compaction. Airport Operations Manager Paul Griffin said he would wait for the all clear from the project engineer before reopening the apron.
The old apron dated from the early 1970s and had begun to disintegrate. While the apron was reconstructed, a new cement pad for the airport fire station was also added.
Still to be completed in the project is the resurfacing of Taxiway C, which sits adjacent to the apron. Some 2.5 inches of old crumbling asphalt was milled from the site earlier this week and resurfacing of that taxiway is scheduled for next week. The milling machine is also at work this morning, on that portion of Taxiway B that ties into Taxiway C.
Due to the change in the weather, Maxwell Asphalt will work between daily Great Lakes Aviation flights next week to complete the taxiway repaving. They had originally scheduled to do the work at night, but the colder temperatures require the work be done during daylight hours. Asphalt can be laid down as long as the temperature is 38°F and rising.
Remaining work also includes installation of a new entry gate onto the apron next to the Airport Fire Station (see gate resting on fire station driveway below). That gate is also scheduled for installation this coming week.