Saturday , February 4 2023

Material transport for renovation runway to finalize sooner than anticipated

The transport of raw materials for the renovation of the airport runway is scheduled to be finalized sooner than anticipated. Contractor Saba Roads and Construction plan to have all raw materials for the production of concrete, except water, stored at the airport within the next week and a half.

In total, more than 3000 tonnes of raw materials have to move from the harbor to the airport, as well as 400 big bags with cement. Each of the Mac trucks transports the equivalent of about five truckloads with a smaller pick-up truck, thereby ensuring efficient and fast transport of materials.

Transports take place during the day, mostly during weekdays but where necessary also on the weekends. The trucks do not drive before or after sunset; this is done from a safety point of view but also from a practical point of view:  the collection of raw materials can only happen during the opening hours of the quarry at the harbor.

For the next week and a half, while material transport is ongoing, the Public Entity Saba asks the public for their understanding and patience. Driving from point A to point  B will take a bit longer than usual. People who have a flight or ferry to catch are advised to leave on time. Trucking will only happen after 8 am on weekdays starting from next week, Monday, August, 27th when the schools start.

Saba Roads has been asked to give clear instructions to other drivers on the road, to ensure traffic safety. As the road is narrow on certain points, the public is requested to follow the instructions of this escort car and to park their cars in a way that they do not hamper the passing of the dump trucks.


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One comment

  1. Christopher Smith

    I am glad to hear about the runway resurfacing with concrete. I hope they do install Centerline lighting.
    Centerline lighting reduces the required decision hight by the pilot from 2600 feet to 200 feet under a basic CAT 1 system.
    Note: Saba can not go above CAT 1 to the more advanced CAT 2 or CAT 3 , because CAT 2 and CAT 3 are currently only Instrument Landing System technology.
    Saba must use a Transponder Landing System CAT 1, which is used primarily by the military and small airports.
    The pilot landing the plane can not tell any difference between ILS and TLS, he/she only sees that the runway landing system is CAT 1.
    Centerline is nice to have, even if no future airport navigation improvements or upgrades are planned.
    Christopher Smith