Holes surface in Lafayette Airport runway

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Lafayette Regional Airport officials are investigating how to fix 500 dime-sized holes that developed in the main runway after a $6 million asphalt resurfacing project.

Airport Commission Chairman Matt Cruse said the runway is safe.

"It's not coming apart. There's no loose particles on the runway," Cruse told The Daily Advertiser (http://bit.ly/1giOs6E). "It's more of an issue with longevity."

Cruse said the runway resurfacing was designed to last 20 years. With holes developing before the project is officially complete, he says the lifespan of the runway will probably be less than that.

Diamond B Construction was awarded the contract to resurface the runway with asphalt after submitting a low bid of $6.1 million. Construction began in late 2012 and the company reported construction complete in November, according to a Dec. 30 memo from airport consultants URS.

But URS representatives found the holes and organic matter in the runway asphalt during a November inspection. The airport is withholding final approval and a final payment until the problem is resolved.

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Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com

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