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Boston airport lays first Green Runway

Posted by Joshua Hebert on Sep 24, 2009 2:48:00 PM

This weekend, Boston's Logan International Airport expects to nearly finish the first runway in the nation repaved with an environmentally friendly material called warm-mix asphalt.

The asphalt is heated to a lower temperature than normal, burning less fuel and emitting less carbon. Airport operator Massport says on this project that means a cut of 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 400,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

The last batch of the asphalt will be laid on Runway 9/27 this weekend, though the runway won't reopen until later this year. The $12.5 million project began in July.

Some European airports have used warm-mix asphalt, but it had to pass Federal Aviation Administration testing before Logan could use it.

Associated Press

Topics: Aviation News, FAA, Environmental