In July 2008, Pittman Asphalt began work on the expansion of the Prince George Airport. The expanded airport would have the capacity to service wide body aircraft, part of the Prince George Airport Authority’s plan to encourage air cargo carriers to make refueling stops as they travel between Asia and North America.
The runway was expanded from 2,255 metres to 3,475 metres and improvements were made to related areas. This design-build project included re-grading, lengthening, reconstruction and asphalt overlay.
Paving was done on the runway, shoulders, taxiway, apron, turn pad, deicing pad and refuelling pad.
Challenges on this project included the requirement to complete each phase on a tight schedule and to manage the work around the air traffic, since the airport remained fully operational during the expansion. The runway was opened in February 2009 and the whole project was completed in August 2009.